Did you make it over the Major League Baseball All-Star game in Cincy? Or at least catch it on television? The game got us think about something; namely that we want our patients to have an All-Star Smile.
Imagine you were at the game, and a player blasted a ball out of the park with a homer. The ball lands in your outstretched glove. Suddenly, all the attention in the stadium turns to you. Thousands in attendance, and millions watching around the world see you on camera.
You can’t help but smile. But how attractive is your smile? Are your teeth white and delightsome? Or are they yellowed and stained? Whether you’re on camera or not, we want you to have teeth that you’re proud to show-off. For that reason, we office Professional Teeth Whitening at the office of Andre Dine, DDS, in Fairfield, OH.
In today’s blog post, we’re going to look at the five worst teeth staining foods and drinks, so you can keep your smiling shining as bright as the lightbulbs at the Great American Ball Park.
Enemies of Your Smile
We love a good glass of wine. For California’s Napa Valley, to European vineyards, and even locally produced wine on Ohio; there’s a wine for every taste and occasion. A glass of wine a day has many positive health benefits; unfortunately it can wreck havoc on your teeth. Red wine is filled with tannins and natural dyes, both of which cling to your teeth and stain them. White wine is slightly less of a problem, as it contains no naturally dark dyes. However, white wine can even pose problems as it makes your teeth more prone to staining by other foods and drinks.
Need another reason to quit smoking? Consider the stains left by both cigarette smoking and chewing tobacco. The chemicals in the products weaken and irritate your gums, leaving them prone to infection and disease. In addition, nicotine and the other chemicals can seep through the cigarette filter and leave a disgusting residue on your teeth, staining them almost instantly. This is also true of the nicotine contained in E-Cigarettes and Vaping devices.
Many dentists would cite this as public enemy number one. Artificial dyes in soda can stain your teeth; and the acidity of the soda will break down the enamel of your teeth and leave them vulnerable to decay and stains. Acidity is the principle problem, which means even diet sodas and clear sodas are a threat the whiteness of your teeth. Soda is about as acidic as battery acid, and can be used to remove rust from metal. With that in mind, imagine what it’s doing to your teeth.
We drink a lot of coffee in our office, a fact of life which is true in workplaces throughout the country. Much like soda, it is quite acidic and quite capable of breaking down the enamel of your teeth. In addition, microscopic particles in the coffee cling to the ridges and grooves of your teeth. This leaves the oh so difficult to remove coffee stains in your teeth.
This one will be hard for some of our readers to take. It’s easy to dismiss the effects of tobacco and soda, as those things are bad for your health anyways. But fruit? The intense color of most fruits is made up of natural dyes. Much like with red wine, this can cause a tremendous amount of stains. In addition, the sugar in the fruit can weaken your teeth and leave them vulnerable to stains. This does not mean you should avoid eating fruit; it just means you have take more steps to keep your teeth looking white.
Professional Teeth Whitening
If you’re like most people, you won’t be able to avoid all the foods and drinks that can stain your teeth. But that’s no excuse for not having a shining smile. At the office of Dr. Dine, DDS, in Fairfield, OH, we offer the Sinsational Smile teeth whitening system.
This in-office system is much safer, and far more effective, than any teeth whitening products you may find in grocery stores or your local pharmacy. It’s professionally supervised by our top-notch staff, which means you don’t have to risk irritating your gums like with over-the-counter products.
With Sinsational Smiles, we fill a silicon tray with professional strength bleaching gel. After this has been placed on your teeth, we expose your teeth to a special light. This light speeds up the whitening process, leaving your teeth several shades whiter in just one visit. We also send you home with a special touch-up kit, to keep your smile white.
Are you ready for that close-up? Click here to make an appointment at the office of Andrew Dine, DDS, in Fairfield, OH.