You may have a great diet, but that doesn’t mean to say that your daily cuppa, or even your salad isn’t harming the colour of your teeth.
Dr Krystyna Wilczynski, a cosmetic dental surgeon, at NuYu London, has revealed the foods which are damaging the colour of your teeth – and it’s not just red wine and coffee.
According to a recent survey a huge amount of us brits, 40 per cent, are unhappy with the colour and look of our teeth. While half of us are planning to have cosmetic dental work on them – with whitening our number one priority.
So its not surprising that the global teeth whitening products market is expected to reach £6.5 billion by 2024.
Here Krystyna reveals to Femail how you can keep those teeth a pearly white colour…
That morning yogurt with fruit, or even a healthy smoothie can be great for your diet, but not your teeth, with Dr Krystyna revealing: ‘Berries can be high in acid and also fruit juices so avoid them at all cost or drink your juice through a straw.’
While salads can also wreck havoc with them too: ‘Tomato’s and tomato based products are highly acidic and aren’t a very tooth-friendly food, while you should avoid most salad dressings too.
‘Remember that daily brushing and flossing can help undo the damage of stained teeth.’
While most of us know that too much coffee and tea are bad for teeth health, Dr Krystyna reveals why: ‘Coffee and tea stains occur when tannins in both of them build up on tooth enamel. Tooth enamel contains microscopic pits and ridges that can hold particles and pigments from dark-colored drinks and food.
‘It’s hard to give up these types of drinks but have a break every now and then, while using a good whitening toothpaste like Whitewash professional whitening toothpaste with silver particles. ‘
‘The acidic within any alcoholic drinks softens the enamel which means your teeth are more likely to pick up stains from other food and drinks.’
‘If you already have badly stained teeth from drinking too much Dr Krystna advises you to use teeth whitening products with Whitewash BEAM.
She also recommended: ‘To keep your teeth as white as possible after whitening cut out any food or drinks with lots of tannins and ideally cut down on acidic food and drinks that damage your enamel.’
‘Teeth can look more yellow because the acids erode enamel so the dentine shows more which is naturally a darker colour.
‘All foods with a high acidity level can be problematic for teeth, leaving your teeth’s dentin exposed and prone to discoloration and sensitivity.’
Apart from using a good electric tooth brush, flossing daily and using a mouthwash, she also recommends lots of water.
‘By keeping your mouth moist by drinking plenty of water saliva can cleanse it of any acids regularly.’
She also advises keeping a toothbrush handy at all times: ‘The best way to avoid stains is to brush your teeth right after eating foods that can cause discoloration.’
While chewing sugarless gum can help to neutralise the acids in our mouths and keeping up with your dental appointments should be a priority.
‘You should visit your dentist at least twice a year and have regular hygiene visits to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Using professional products such as Whitewash Laboratories will also help in the long run.’