We all know that we have to take care of our teeth by brushing and flossing every day and seeing our dentist and hygienist at regular intervals if we can expect to keep those teeth for a lifetime. Professionals suggest having a thorough dental checkup and to have our teeth cleaned at least every six months. Recently however, people have become preoccupied with having their teeth whitened to the ultimate degree.

There are kits available over the counter that can work to achieve the goal of whiter teeth. An in-office treatment uses a higher strength bleaching element and may give you an even better outcome. Whichever method you decide on you will naturally want the results to last as song as possible. The foods and drinks that you consume will have an affect.

Chromogen is the substance in some foods that make them appear so particularly colorful. Any food that contains chromogens is likely to stain your teeth. The chromogens in red wine for instance, plus the acidic content makes it one of the biggest enemies of whitened teeth. White wine also contains acids that can weaken your tooth enamel and make it more susceptible to stains.

Wine, tea and coffee all contain tannin’s which are organic compounds that contribute to the predisposition for these drinks to stain your teeth. They are also highly acidic so you’re getting a double dose of staining power every time you drink one. It seems obvious that the darker the tea is the more likely it is to stain your teeth, but it is interesting to note that green tea will stain your teeth grey and black tea will leave yellow stains.

If you just can’t see giving up tea or coffee at least change the way you take it. If you enjoy several cups throughout the day you will be at a higher risk for stains than you would if you just had one or two cups in the a.

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