Food and drink to AVOID for white teeth – and KETCHUP tops the list
Certain foods should be avoided to maintain a pearly white smile
The popular sauce is top of the list of the ten foods that stain teeth the most according to leading dentist Tariq Idrees.
And surprisingly, white wine is just as harmful as red, he claimed.
http://www.stewarthefton.com/effective-teeth-whitening-in-dallas-tx/Teeth whitening is one of the fastest growing cosmetic procedures in the UK.
We now spend almost £2bn a year improving our teeth – a rise of 27 per cent in the last five years.
But the easiest way to keep your teeth pearly white is by not staining them in the first place.
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Using a straw means that the liquid bypasses your teeth, preserving them
Dr Idrees, owner of Carisbrook Dental in Manchester, said: “The basic rule I follow when advising patients on which foods to avoid to minimise teeth staining is to steer clear of foods which you would not want to spill on your clothing.
Steer clear of foods which you would not want to spill on your clothing
Dr Idrees, owner of Carisbrook Dental in Manchester
“If food leaves a stain on a white T-shirt, it will also stain your teeth. So avoid acidic foods which are rich in colour. These tends to be rich in tannins which leave a layer of stain on your teeth.
“You can minimise the damage by cleaning your teeth straight after eating these foods – but this will only remove between 50-60 per cent of the staining.
“No matter how hard you brush, there will always be some staining. That is the bad news.
“The good news is this kind of staining can easily be removed by an effective course of bleaching from an experienced dentist.
“We don’t tend to recommend whitening toothpastes because they can do more harm than good. They can destroy the natural protection which you teeth have.“
Among the other foodstuffs to avoid are soy sauce and balsamic vinegar, Indian takeaways, fruit teas, pasta sauces, ice lollies, pickles, colas and all types of berries.
The dentist’s tips to avoid discolouration is to eat green veg before any tomato-rich sauces to put a protective film on the teeth first and use a straw for soft drinks.
Dr Idrees said: “Straws pull liquids inside your mouth, so the drink bypasses your smile. It is not going all over your teeth but on the roof of your mouth.”
Some teeth discolouration may be more deep-rooted – and harder to shift – than simple staining caused by food and drink.
He said: “All the food and drink staining is easily remedied with bleaching. What is much harder to shift is natural teeth staining.
“This is where a patient’s natural teeth are a little grey in colour. This natural discolouration is caused by melanin.
“It is more deep-rooted than surface stains caused by food and drink and harder to shift.“
TOP 10 FOOD AND DRINK TO AVOID FOR WHITE TEETH
1. Tomato Ketchup
2. White wine
3. Soy Sauce/Balsamic vinegar
4. Indian Takeaways
5. Fruit teas
6. Pasta sauce
7. Ice lollies
9. Any type of cola
10. All types of berries