Your beautiful white smile is one of your best attributes. Safeguarding your pearly whites can be achieved by focusing on your oral health. Do things that are aimed at keeping your mouth healthy. In order to achieve this goal, you need to make sure that you keep up with your oral hygiene routine, eat a nutritious diet, and make other healthy decisions. Here are three tooth staining foods and habits and how to stop them.
1. Chlorinated swimming pools
People who swim in chlorinated pools often may find that their teeth become discolored. Small brown marks called swimmer's calculus appear on the teeth of people who spend a lot of time in chlorinated pools. These dark spots appear as the highly acidic pH of pool water causes tartar to harden.
If you intend to spend a lot of time in the pool, make sure that you add a bottle of mouthwash to your gym bag. The fluoride in mouthwash helps to protect your teeth against tartar. Rinsing your mouth out with mouthwash prior to swimming in a chlorinated pool means that there is less tartar in your mouth that can be negatively affected by the pool's high pH.
2. Dark teas, coffees, & colas
Dark tea, coffee, and soda can very easily stain your teeth. Although these beverages are delicious, you should moderate your intake of them. Drinking these beverages often to turn your teeth yellow, and over time the stains can deepen to brown.
When you do decide to enjoy them, you should do so by drinking them through a straw. This allows you to enjoy the sweet, distinctive flavors without thinking about stains. Be careful not to backwash the liquid so it splashes up against your teeth.
3. Tomato sauce
It seems hard to imagine, but red tomato-based sauces can be hard on your teeth. Although tomato sauce can help provide needed vitamins and antioxidants in your diet, they can also discolor your teeth. This is due to chromogens, small intensely pigmented molecules that attach to your tooth enamel. If your tooth enamel has been weakened by acid and sugar, then it is even easier to chromogens to bond with your enamel.
To keep chromogens from easily attaching to your tooth enamel, you must make sure that the enamel is strong. You can do this by reducing the amount of acid and sugar particles that can weaken it. This can be accomplished during your meal; when you are eating something with a red sauce, simply include a crunchy vegetable such as carrots or broccoli. Chewing crunchy vegetables stimulates saliva production and helps to wash away particles that degrade your enamel. For more information, contact Campbell Dental Centre Ltd.