born with naturally white smiles.
Unfortunately, over time these white
smiles fade. Making matters worse, the
foods we eat attack our white smiles on a
Normally, our mouths cover tooth
enamel with a clear colorless layer of
protein known as the pellicle. Like flies
to flypaper, food stains stick to this
protein pellicle, blotching our
beautiful, white smiles.
Foods like soy sauce,
berries, curry, coffee, red wine,
and tea. These foods easily stain
Extremely hot or cold liquids. These
are dangerous to your white smile
because they change the temperature of
your teeth. This temperature change
(hot and cold cycling) causes teeth to
expand and contract, allowing stains to
penetrate your teeth.
Try cutting down on these types of
drinks (including coffee and tea) or
try drinking them with a straw to
reduce the amount of time they are in
contact with your teeth.
- Foods that are slightly acidic. These
foods open up the pores of the tooth enamel
allowing stains to more easily move into
- Tobacco. This is one of the biggest
culprits in ruining white smiles. Tobacca
quickly stains teeth yellow.
Next, we'll see how whitening toothpastes
reverse the damage caused by food