We’ve talked about whitening your teeth, but what can you do to prevent pesky stains? The best piece of advice if you don’t want to give up your beloved morning (or all day) coffees and teas, is make sure to brush your teeth after each meal or staining drink.
1. Coffee. I personally cannot live without coffee. The good news is: If you add cream to your coffee to lighten the shade, the lesser your chances of staining your teeth are! Our teeth are porous, which means they absorb any liquid that passes through them. The darker your drink, the faster they will stain.
2. Have you ever had a Popsicle stain your lips and tongue? Chances are if your lips are blue, your teeth will be too! Popsicles also contain high amounts of sugar which can wear down the enamel protecting your teeth. Make sure to rinse with water, and brush after eating popsicles to lessen the chances of staining!
3. Blueberries, though super healthy for our bodies, can stain our teeth. Blueberries are high in antioxidants which is the exact cause of staining. Like tomato sauce, if you eat a salad or other greens beforehand, it will form a coating on your teeth that will protect you! Toss your blueberries in a salad to still get all the vitamins you need, while protecting your teeth. It also makes a yummy snack!
According to altmandental.com, you are recommended to rinse with water, and then brush 30 minutes after to prevent wear and tear on enamel. Crunchy foods also act as a detergent after eating something that might cause a stain. Carrots, celery, or cauliflower are great healthy options! Definitely make sure you are keeping up on your brushing and flossing at least twice a day! Try to challenge yourself, and brush your teeth after each meal! See how white and fresh your teeth will look and feel!