Nowadays, one of the most common dental treatments that is being requested of dentists is tooth whitening. It’s not hard to see why. A bright smile radiates beauty, confidence, and health. People with great smiles are able to make a stronger first impression to others, which can be the difference between landing a job or not, for instance. When your teeth is white, though, you’ll have to watch out for what you eat to make sure that you keep your smile sparklingly white. To help you with this, we’ve put together a small list of foods that you should watch out for.

Coffee

Some people swear by coffee. It helps them wake up in the morning and remain alert throughout the day. Unfortunately, though it can be great for your everyday activities, it’s not so great for your teeth. The dark pigments in coffee can become trapped inside the microscopic pits on the surface of your teeth and, if not cleaned out, can stain your teeth over time. To avoid this from happening, try drinking your coffee all at once, rather than slowly sipping it throughout the day to lower the amount of time your teeth is exposed to coffee. Once you’re finished drinking, rinse out your mouth with water to minimize the staining effects.

Sweets

It’s stereotypical for the dentist to say that sweets are bad for your teeth, but in this case, sweets can turn your teeth from a brilliant white to a more yellowish color through exposure. When consumed, sugar sticks to your teeth, attracting bacteria. When bacteria feeds on sugar, the byproduct produced is acid, which attacks your teeth, eroding it. If you want to treat yourself to something sweet, or if you have a sweet tooth, remain diligent after eating sweets and make sure to brush your teeth or at least rinse out your mouth with water.

Soda

We’ve touched on both sugar and acid as bad for your teeth. Soda contains high amounts of both, so it means double-trouble for your teeth. Despite this, we understand that people love their fizzy drinks. It tastes great and the fizziness is a sensation you don’t really feel elsewhere. However, be sure to keep your teeth in mind while you have these drinks. A good idea is to drink this when you’re having your big meals so you lessen the amount of time exposing your teeth to sugar and acid. After you’re done, rinse out your mouth with water.

The good thing about teeth is that no matter the state they’re in, there’s always solutions. At Todd Franklin, our professional tooth whitening services can help bring back the shine in your smile when you need it.

Todd Franklin is located in Lodi.