Some of the healthiest foods in the world – the so-called “superfoods” – derive their high levels of nutrition from compounds that are notorious for leaving dark stains on teeth. And while they’re certainly not healthy, some of our favorite foods and drinks contain ingredients that can discolor your enamel. Unless you want to spend the rest of your life eating a very limited diet, there’s no way to completely avoid foods and drinks that can stain your teeth. However, your enamel is particularly susceptible to stains immediately after you undergo professional teeth whitening because the bleaching agents make the enamel slightly more porous. So, whether you opt for at-home whitening or in-office power bleaching, be sure to skip these foods for at least 48 hours.
Think of the last children’s birthday party you went to. By the time the cake was done and the presents were opened, every child there probably had bright blue or red lips from the dyed frosting. This same phenomenon occurs when your newly whitened teeth come into contact with foods or drinks that contain artificial food coloring: intensely hued color molecules adhere to the porous enamel, leaving behind telltale discolorations.
You may crave sushi dunked in wasabi-spiked soy sauce or hanker for a big plate of chicken tikka masala from your favorite Indian café, but you should skip both of these options the day immediately after teeth whitening. Soy sauce, a savory condiment found in most popular Chinese or Japanese dishes, can stain newly whitened teeth. In addition, turmeric, a deep yellow spice common in many masalas, curries, and other Indian food can also leave conspicuous discolorations on your teeth,
So good for your body, so bad for keeping your newly whitened teeth sparkling. Cherries and blueberries contain anthocyanins, a deep red or blue type of antioxidant that imparts many of the cherry’s profoundly healthful benefits. Dark purple and red grape skins contain resveratrol, a compound shown to reduce inflammation, control blood pressure, and even slow the aging process. Unfortunately for those who crave vibrant health and a vibrant smile, these compounds also leave dark stains on tooth enamel.
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Miller provides the preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care you need to help you enjoy optimal oral health and a beautiful smile. Contact us today at (505) 596-4479 to schedule a consultation or appointment at our Albuquerque dentist’s office. We proudly serve families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and surrounding communities.
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