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Who doesn’t like a bright, radiant smile? Having good oral hygiene habits and making regular visits to the dentist are crucial to maintain a healthy smile. But there are things we eat all the time that can work to undo our preventive work. Here are three:

Tea – There’s something satisfying about a hot cup of tea on a cold day. But did you know tea can stain your teeth? Some teas are actually more staining than coffee, as a matter of fact. Others, like herbal tea, can wear away the enamel on your teeth, making them more susceptible to stains. Rinse your mouth after having tea (or coffee.)

Berries and fruit – Berries and fruit with dark pigment such as raspberries, blackberries, and pomegranates can all leave stains on teeth. Other fruits, like oranges and grapefruits, have high levels of citric acid. Acid attacks tooth enamel, causing it to erode. You shouldn’t necessarily stop eating these foods since they have great nutritional benefits, but try and moderate consumption. Rinse your mouth afterward, but don’t immediately brush after eating something acidic.

Sports drinks – Although they may seem healthy, many sports drinks have sugar and acid amounts rivaling those in sodas. If you are drinking one while working out, those materials can remain in the mouth for a long time, which is not good for your teeth. Consider switching to water instead.

Your diet is a major part of your oral health. And being aware of foods that can stain or harm your teeth can help you have better oral health overall. If you would like to schedule a cleaning with Dr. Joseph Younger, please call Arden Dental Group at our Arden, NC, office today.