We all know which main culprits are responsible for staining teeth. Red wine, coffee and tea are prime examples. But there are several things you consume that might be causing stains without you even realising. Some foods and drinks might not actually cause stains, but their effect on your teeth can make it much easier for other items to dull your smile.
1. White Wine
You might think you’re doing your teeth good by swapping red wine for white, but unfortunately, that sauvignon blanc you like contributes to stains too. It doesn’t necessarily cause teeth stains but the acidity of the drink can create pockets on your teeth. This allows other drinks and foods to seep in and cause stains.
Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and so on are super healthy as they are rich in antioxidants. We don’t want to ward you off eating foods that are good for you, but you should know that berries have the propensity to stain your teeth. By the way, it doesn’t matter if you consume them as a juice, jam or whole, they can still stain. Consider drinking a glass of milk after you have berries to neutralise the acid and strengthen your teeth
3. Balsamic Vinegar
This dressing isn’t great for your pearly whites because, of course, it’s a dark liquid and it’s acidic like white wine. In order to minimise the effects of balsamic vinegar on your teeth, be sure to pair it with crunchy vegetables, nuts or croutons. The crunchy foods lessen the effect of the dressing by brushing up against your teeth as you chew.
4. Pasta Sauce
The fact that most pasta sauces are bright red means that they can stain your teeth. There’s more to it though as tomato sauces are acidic which makes your teeth more vulnerable to staining. If you fancy a tomato sauce on your pasta you could try nibbling on some dark green vegetables beforehand as these can create a protective film on your teeth.
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