Nothing says holidays like celebrations in New York. Whether you go into the Big City, or stay right here on Long Island, the holidays are filled with colors, and so are holiday foods! At parties and family dinners, some foods are more likely to stain your teeth. Some we usually eat only at holidays.
You’ll recognize some of these chief culprits of tooth stains, but some others may surprise you. Here are just a few.
- Berries and juices: Cranberry relishes, blueberry pie, fruit juices, artificially colored sodas are just a few tooth-staining culprits. Many of these are highly acidic and can damage tooth enamel.
- Coffee, tea, wine: Coffee, black tea, and red wine are well known for their potential to stain teeth.
- Artificially colored gum and candy, nuts: There are snacks and goodies everywhere this time of year! Those extra nibbles of candy (including chocolate!) and nuts can leave food stains on your teeth.
There’s a pattern here, if you think about it. The combination of acidic and highly colored foods, like berries and juices, even tomato sauce and ketchup, can stain your teeth. But some foods, like celery and carrots can help counteract some of those smile-spoiling foods. And the best way to help prevent stains? Regular brushing and flossing, especially at night. Don’t give plaque and stains time to set into your teeth.
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