We all strive to preserve a nice, bright smile but unfortunately some of our favorite foods and drinks can interfere with our best efforts to avoid the unsightly stains that can ruin it.

Fruits are healthy foods, they provide the vitamins and minerals that the body needs to help you stay active and feeling good so that you can enjoy life to the fullest. Darker fruits however, do have a tendency to stain your teeth. If you’re concerned about staining you should probably stay away from blueberries or raspberries, for example. The crunchiness of apples and pears on the other hand, helps to increase the flow of saliva and the fiber in these fruits can actually work to diminish tooth stains. These beneficial fruits do contain sugar, so be sure to brush after enjoying them.

Food coloring will have the same affect on your teeth as it does on your Christmas cookies or your birthday cake frosting and that green beer that you drink on St. Patrick’s Day, it may turn your teeth green as well. The good news is that the discolor will fade in time and may even be washed away by brushing. Over exposure to food dye can however, can eventually dull or yellow your teeth.

Tea is just as bad as coffee when it comes to causing tooth stains. In fact, tea contains a higher degree of the tannins which are known to produce stains. Red wine is another threat. Even though it has recently been proclaimed as beneficial to our good health the acidity can weaken tooth enamel making it more susceptible to the staining tannins that are present in the wine.

There are some things that you can do to lessen the chances of some of these foods and drinks staining your teeth. The sticky film of plaque that forms over your teeth makes them more susceptible to staining. Brush and floss thoroughly before you indulge in that glass of red wine for instance, and be sure to rinse after drinking it.

Learn more about how to protect your teeth from the ill effects of the foods and drinks that you love. Spokane Valley Dentistry is accepting new patients today @ 509-926-6261.