5 Causes of Stained Teeth
There are a number of things that cause stained teeth, and you probably know about many of them. But we’re guessing you don’t know about these five things and the surprising effects they can have on your teeth.
We want everyone in Onalaska, WI to have beautiful and healthy teeth, so make sure to see if anything on our list could be affecting your smile. If you want to make sure you aren’t staining or damaging your teeth, always keep your regular appointments at Neighborhood Smiles and make sure to bring up any questions you may have!
1) Sports Drinks
What may seem like a healthy alternative to soda or energy drinks often really contains an acidic pH level that leads to tooth erosion. They also, like many other drinks, have unhealthy amounts of sugar. The best thing to do is drink it relatively quickly instead of slowly sipping it and exposing your teeth even longer to the chemicals.
This pink stomach medicine can sometimes have a strange side effect of turning both your tongue and the surface of your teeth black. The weird reaction comes from a chemical compound that changes color if exposed directly to the tongue, instead of with water. If this happens to you, don’t panic! It can be avoided or fixed by simply brushing your teeth or, for serious incidents, getting a cleaning from Dr. Ochsner.
Some scientists are still debating this phenomenon, but many feel that the harsh chemicals can thin out your enamel and cause your teeth to become more porous, which actually makes them look dingier. Even if this claim turns out to be false, no one likes glow-in-the-dark teeth, so practice moderation and get a consultation with Dr. Ochsner if you’re not sure.
4) Cranberry Juice
This and other dark-colored juices contain a lot of pigment which can cause yellow and stained teeth. They also have a lot of sugar to sweeten its naturally bitter taste, and that is never good for teeth. Try drinking out of a straw, following it up with water, or switching to white cranberry juice.
5) White Wine
Although everyone knows that red wine can stain your teeth, new studies show that white wine can actually do more damage. The chemicals can strip away your enamel and darken your teeth, especially if followed by other staining things like coffee or tea. Avoid brushing your damaged teeth for 20-30 minutes after drinking wine; just swish with water. If you think you may have tooth damage from white wine, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ochsner to check.