By Thomas W. Kauffman, DDS, PC
December 15, 2014
Category: Oral Health
If you want to keep those pearly whites bright, then avoid these popular drinks.
Think about the first thing you do in the morning. Do you turn on your coffee pot? What tends to be your go-to beverage in the lull of the afternoon when you start to feel tired at your work desk? While we should be consuming more water, we often find it more appealing to opt for something with sugar, caffeine or flavoring. However, to maintain a radiant, healthy smile it’s best to keep these drinks out of your fridge and your mouth:
Soda is one of the leading causes of tooth decay, as the high acidity can weaken enamel and cause cavities. While it’s always best to avoid drinking soda altogether, for those soda lovers who just can’t say no we recommend limiting your intake, as well as adopting good oral hygiene and seeing your Atlanta dentist regularly.
Reaching for your morning cup of coffee might feel like an everyday habit for you; however, as we all know coffee is one of the biggest culprits for yellow teeth. If you can’t part ways with your caffeine for good there are some ways to keep stains at a minimum: reduce the amount of coffee you drink each day, drink coffee through a straw and don’t sip your cup of coffee all day. Luckily, coffee stains are some of the easiest to treat with teeth whitening in downtown Atlanta.
We all know that red wine is notorious for dental stains; however, white wine also has the same effect. Plus, the acidity in wine can also wear away at your tooth’s enamel. And if you are a wine and tea drinker, you may be causing even more problems for your teeth. A New York University study found that those who drank tea right after white wine had more severe stains than those who didn’t partake of the pre-tea cocktail.
Just like wine black tea also contains tannins, which produce some pretty nasty stains. In fact, tea can cause some more serious stains than coffee. If you must have your cup of tea but want to avoid its damaging affects, opt for herbal, green or white teas, which are less aggressive on your smile.
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While avoiding these drinks will certainly help maintain a more radiant smile, even just the effects of normal aging can cause stains and yellowing over time. If whitening toothpastes just aren’t cutting it, consider getting teeth whitening in downtown Atlanta. Most patients only need one treatment and we can get you the whiter smile you want in under an hour. Call us to find out more.
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