We all want to keep our teeth sparkling white, but teeth being naturally white are easily stained. If you notice baby or child’s teeth are naturally white. As we grow older the color of our teeth tends to turn darker and more yellowish. This is caused by different factors. It can be from the acidity of the foods we eat, bad habits such as smoking, food coloring and enamel erosion.
12 Foods and Drinks That Cause Yellow Teeth
Red wine is great for the heart, but is bad for the teeth. The dark color of red wine cause staining. Opt for white wine to avoid yellow teeth.
Coffee is a known teeth stainer. Avoid his by adding cream or milk to your black coffee.
The tannins found in tea can stain the teeth. If you want to keep your teeth sparkling white avoid dark colored teas.
Cola or Soda
Colas or Soda contain food coloring and is very acidic. The acidity in cola causes the enamel of the teeth to erode.
Dark Colored Fruit Juice
Opt for light colored fruit juice to prevent yellow teeth. If you really prefer dark colored juice drink juice spritzers instead.
The dark color of balsamic vinegar can stain your teeth. Eat lettuce first to create a protective film in your teeth to prevent stains. You can also substitute dark vinegar with lemon juice.
Popsicles or Slushies’
Popsicles and slushies’ can stain your tongue and teeth. Opt for light colored Popsicle and slushies’ to prevent staining.
Dark sauces can also cause teeth to darken. If sauces can stain your clothes it can stain your tooth.
Beets are used as a natural food coloring and can be used to dye clothes. Imagine what it can do to your teeth? Brush your teeth after 30 minutes to prevent staining.
Curry is known to stain the teeth yellow. Prevent yellow teeth by using a mouthwash after eating curry.
Marinara sauce, salsa and ketchup are all amazing sauces and condiments, but it does stain the teeth. Eat spinach or broccoli before eating a tomato sauce based meals, these veggies create a protective film over the teeth preventing staining.
Blueberries are really dark in color, causing it to stain the teeth. It is high in antioxidants and vitamins, making it a great snack. Avoid staining by swishing water in your mouth after eating.
Simple Ways to Prevent Yellow Teeth
• Brush your teeth 30 minutes after meal
• Sugar Free gum is great for producing saliva after meals. Opt for stevia based gum though.
• Brush your teeth after drinking or eating food that contain food coloring.
Adults have darker color teeth than children because of the enamel coating. Kids have brand new teeth with full coatings. As we grow older enamel layers erodes and brakes off. The layers of the teeth tend to get yellower each layer thus causing yellow teeth. Prevent tooth damage and staining foods to prevent yellow teeth.