Let’s Talk Teeth! 3 Ways to Brighten Your Smile Naturally

Raise your hand if you have a perfect smile! I certainly don’t, but I definitely did when I was a kid.  I think drinking 5 cups of coffee a day and two glasses of red wine a night as an adult has led to a slow increase in stains and darkening of my teeth.  In this day and age, it is hard to avoid processed foods and drinks that will darken your teeth over time, and not just for adults, but kids too!

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The 3 Biggest Teeth Darkening Culprits:

1.  Coffee!

Oh say it isn’t so! Sadly, as delicious as coffee is and as much as it helps us wake up in the morning and give us that caffeine boost to get through our monotonous Mondays – it doesn’t help keep our teeth white.  It slowly impacts the enamel and over time, our teeth will become darker and even turn to a shade of yellow.

How can we avoid coffee staining our teeth? Well, don’t drink black coffee for one! The darker you drink your coffee, the larger the impact it’ll have on your teeth. If you insist on drinking it, switch to milk instead of cream.  Drinking half coffee and half milk will prevent your teeth from going so black.  Also, brush your teeth after you’re done your coffee drinking session and you’ll have whiter teeth than you would otherwise.

2. Soda drinks and Coca Cola

If you and your kids love drinking soda on the weekends, keep in mind that dark soda will also not only stain your teeth, but your kids’ pearly whites as well!  You can opt for lighter colored soda drinks like Sprite or 7-Up, but if your family loves Coca Cola or root beer, you can help prevent staining by drinking the soda through a straw. Get your kids some fun curly straws and they can suck up their soda without having the liquid directly hit the teeth.  You might also try cutting back on soda and drinking a mix of your favorite flavored juice with sparkling water.

3. Red wine

The Kardashians (I know, I’m sorry to mention them) claim to drink red wine from a straw to keep their smile sparkling white and clean. I personally think it’s silly to drink red wine through a tube, so I like to drink white wine instead. But if you love your reds and don’t want to use a straw, make sure you brush your teeth afterwards to avoid slowly staining throughout the night.  You can also make a sangria style drink by mixing sparkling water in with the red so the impact isn’t as hard.

If none of these options seem appealing to you, remember you can go to your family dental practice for a regular cleaning or even a whitening procedure to keep your smile fresh and gleaming white!  These are just some strategies to prevent deterioration over time and keep you looking and feeling your best smiling away in photographs!

 

Kenneth Martin