There's more to it than just brushing and flossing...
While we might lean on whitening strips or even splurging on expensive dental beautifying treatments to a healthy, gleaming white set of teeth, here are the foods that can taint the squeaky-clean outcome.
Your everyday cup of joe contains tannis, an acidic polyphenol that leads to staining and discolouration. Also because it is acidic, it can cause any acidic foods you eat after drinking the coffee to damage the teeth more quickly.
If you’re desperately relying on your dose of caffeine to start your morning, try drinking it with a go-to lid that can cut back on the amount of acid that accumulates in your mouth.
These citrus fruits are nutrient-packed but also very acidic, which might cause a yellowish tinge to form on your teeth.
This is due to the acid eroding the outer layer of your tooth, and as a result, exposing the yellow-hued dentin (bone tissue) that we all have underneath.
A common favourite among salad dressings, balsamic is dark and sticky, making it a strong contender to latch on to your teeth, at the same time staining it.
Make it a habit to brush your teeth after consuming it.
With wine, it is best to drink it in moderation whether red or white. The red contains tannis, just like coffee does while the white might seem like a safer choice, it is unfortunately not.
According to a study done by the New York University, the lighter type of vino could make teeth stains darker, creating little pockets on the surface of the tooth that allows other beverages to latch on deeper.
Blueberries and Blackberries
Although they may provide a chockfull of antioxidants, these berries are capable of staining your teeth as they are already highly pigmented in their colour.
The spices used in the flavourful dish can tint your teeth, a result of their deep pigmentation.
Try not to make curry an everyday affair but make it an occasional treat for the sake of your dental health.