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If you want to maintain a white and brilliant smile, then there are things you need to do. One of the most important things to do is avoid eating or drinking foods and drinks that can stain your smile. Whether you believe it or not, avoiding those products can help you maintain the whiteness of your teeth. The foods and drinks our Werschky & Lewis Family Dentistry dental team encourages you to avoid include:

Fruits and berries: Some fruits and berries can severely stain your smile, like blueberries, blackberries, cherries, and pomegranates. So, it’s best to avoid these fruits and berries, including pies and juices that are made of them. In addition, it’s also recommended to avoid paler fruits, like white grapes and white cranberries, because they have acid that can weaken your tooth enamel.

Wine: If a drink or food can stain a tablecloth, then it can stain your teeth. Red wine is a beverage that is known for its dark, rich color, so it’s no surprise that it can stain your smile.

Sports drinks: Sports drinks can erode your tooth enamel, which sets the stage for many stains. This means your teeth are more subject to staining after you’ve consumed a sports drink. It’s best to drink water while you’re working out.

Sauce: Deeply colored sauces tend to cause stains as well, especially soy, tomato, and curry sauces. To maintain a white smile, it’s best to switch to light-colored or creamy sauces and try to remember to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth soon after eating them.

Tea: Tea might be considered a healthy drink, but it’s not the best option when you want to keep your teeth white and pristine. Sometimes tea, especially black tea, can cause more stains on your teeth than coffee. Also, herbal and white teas can wear away the enamel and cause stains as well.

To learn more about how to maintain a white and brilliant smile in Grand Blanc, Michigan, please call our office today at (810) 695-7120. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Jay A. Werschky or Dr. Jori W. Lewis, if you’re interested in a whitening treatment. We are happy to help you!