But it’s hard to maintain healthy-looking teeth when so many common, everyday foods sabotage our chances of a bright smile. Teeth enamel is extremely porous and food stains can easily become embedded, leading to an unattractive yellow-brown tinge.
Unfortunately, the acidity and bright red color of tomatoes can leave your teeth vulnerable to staining.
Even though they’re stuffed full of nutrients, tomatoes can gradually wear away the enamel, leaving behind a yellowish tinge to your teeth.
Did you know… the yellow color of your teeth is actually dentin, a tissue that lies beneath your enamel consisting of calcium and phosphate crystals.
Unfortunately your morning cup o’ Joe contains tannins (acidic polyphenols) that lead to staining and discoloration. It gets worse…
Because coffee is acidic it dramatically alters the pH balance of your mouth. The result? Any foods you eat after your cup of coffee can damage your teeth more quickly.
They may be packed with healthy antioxidants but the dark skins of blueberries, blackberries and pomegranates can leave a visible mark on teeth.
If it’s difficult to remove from clothing, it’s going to be difficult to remove from your teeth!
Balsamic vinegar’s dark, natural color can leave an ugly, brown mark on your teeth. Plus, the thickness of the liquid clings to your teeth enamel.
What’s the solution? Crunch some lettuce along with your balsamic and it will help remove the sticky brown residue.
Unlike their darker-hued cousins, strawberries are rich in malic acid that experts believe helps whiten your teeth.
TIP: Mix a few strawberries with baking soda for an effective (although temporary) Do It Yourself solution.
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