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Healthy Treats That Can Actually Stain Your Teeth

Why is it that some of the best-tasting foods are the worst for our bodies? Or just when you think you’ve found the perfect healthy food, it turns out that there’s some hidden health threat? It’s not that you have to abstain from enjoying these foods altogether, but it’s helpful to understand which foods might warrant a little extra time with your toothbrush. If your diet or hygiene has left your teeth less than perfect, you’ll appreciate that Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury offers professional teeth whitening in Shrewsbury, MA.

Berries and a Not-so-Bright Smile

Most berries are loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and a burst of juicy, sweet flavor. They’re also saturated with brightly colored and dark pigments that can leave a dingy film on the surface of your teeth. The most notorious offenders include cherries, blackberries, blueberries, and cranberries. Pomegranates and purple grapes can have a similar effect. Dr. Pizzi points out that this doesn’t just apply to fresh berries; berries can also stain when consumed in jam, jelly, pies, or even juices.

Tea and Your Teeth

Tea is certainly healthier and better for teeth than sports drinks or cola, but black tea can be rough on your teeth. Black tea contains tannins, which promote staining—more so than coffee, even. To minimize the risk of staining caused by tea, skip black tea in favor of green or white tea varieties. Skip the sugar, if possible, to help reduce the risk of tooth decay and damaged tooth enamel.

For Whiter Teeth, Skip the Wine

You’ve undoubtedly heard that red wine can cause your teeth to appear less lovely, but did you know that white varietals can contributed to stained teeth, too? With white wine, the problem isn’t the pigment of the grapes, but rather the acidity of the beverage. Acid attacks the tooth enamel, leaving it unevenly textured and covered with tiny pits and grooves. As a result, the teeth are more likely to invite discoloration.

Questions about teeth bleaching in Shrewsbury, MA? To learn more about professional teeth whitening, or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, contact us at (508) 842-8838. We welcome patients living in Shrewsbury, North and South Grafton, Worcester, Milford, Hopkinton, and the surrounding areas.