So you’ve just got your teeth cleaned and whitened by our wonderful hygienists- how do you keep them sparkling over the Christmas period we hear you ask… short answer – STAY AWAY FROM ACIDIC food and drink . (Sorry for shouting but it’s true!)
I don’t drink acidic drinks I hear you tut… well you would be surprised what drinks have high levels of acidy in them.
Firstly, let us explain what is wrong with acidy drinks? Acidy foods and drinks wear the enamel down and softens it so that it becomes even more vulnerable to staining. The colour in various beverages and some foods contain chromogens or pigmented molecules which stick to the enamel of our teeth.
Below is a list of the worst culprits.
For all the new age tea drinkers -switching to white tea isn’t much better as this has also been proved to erode the enamel and stain teeth.
Another big culprit on the teeth staining front. Thanks to its dark colour, which is high in chromogens, the acidic nature of our morning “go to” drink will gradually turn your teeth a not so lovey yellow colour.
RED and yes even WHITE WINE
You probably think that it’s just red wine that stains your teeth – which it does, but white wine is also a massive culprit. The deep red colour of red wine can stick to your teeth while white wine is even more acidic, causing additional discolouration to the teeth.
Most people know that drinking sugary drinks can cause tooth decay, but fizzy drinks have a lot of acid in them which causes dental erosion. What about the no sugar fizzy drinks I hear you plead – although they contain no sugar, diet drinks usually cause about the same amount of dental erosion as regular sodas due to their acidity.
Breakfast juices don’t offer much good news either for your teeth. Research has found that drinking orange juice decreases tooth enamel’s hardness by 84 percent, and markedly increased its roughness. And, further research has suggested that the acid in lemon and lime juice is almost as corrosive as battery acid.
So, what can you drink?!
If having a mixer, the better of the two evils are the sugar free ones. Consuming them with meals is also better than continuously sipping outside of mealtimes.
Drinking through a straw minimises contact with your teeth – just note we are not advocating you to drink your hot tea or coffee through a straw!
Eating a small bit of cheese helps neutralise the acid in your mouth and if you like milk- drink up- it’s not too bad.
Brushing and flossing will help keep your whites white for longer also.
And if all else fails – indulge in the above and enjoy your Christmas, our hygienists will always be here to get your teeth looking beautiful again in the new year!
For more information on teeth whitening- see here.