What Foods Stain Teeth: Common Culprits

Many people wish that their teeth were whiter. One thing that you may not realize is causing your teeth to be discolored is the things that you eat. The foods you eat can actually have a significant effect on the color of your teeth. Join us at Mint Dental as we dive into some of the most common foods that can stain your teeth.

Coffees & Teas

Tea and coffee are both highly acidic, which can weaken the surface of your teeth, making them more susceptible to staining. Tea and coffee also both contain tannins, which help their coloring stick to your teeth. There is some evidence that having milk in your tea or coffee can help reduce the amount of staining.

Sauces

Dark-colored sauces such as soy sauce, tomato sauce, and curries also cause staining. Switching to lighter or creamy sauces can help mitigate some of the staining.

Fruits & Berries

There are many vibrant fruits that can stain your teeth. Think of the fruits that can stain your clothes – pomegranates, cherries, blueberries, and blackberries just to name a few. In the same way that they can stain your clothes, they can stain your teeth.

Sodas

Sodas are highly acidic thanks to their carbonation. In addition, the dyes in these drinks – including light-colored ones – can cause staining. There are also chemicals in the drink that eat away at your enamel.

How to Mitigate Staining

There are several things you can do to mitigate the effects of food on the color of your teeth. While cutting out the food listed above would be the number one way to reduce their effect, even we enjoy having them so we’ve included things you can do to reduce the staining while still enjoying your favorite foods.

  • Use a straw. Using a straw when drinking your favorite beverage helps reduce the amount that the acidity and coloring of the drink come into contact with your teeth.
  • Brush after you eat. Brush your teeth about 30 minutes after you eat food that can stain. It’s important to wait a little bit of time to allow the acidity in your mouth to get balanced out so you don’t cause additional damage.
  • Rinse your mouth. If you cannot brush your teeth after eating, rinsing your mouth with water can help reduce the acidity of your mouth and remove some of the staining agents from your mouth.
  • Visit your dentist. Having regular checkups and teeth cleanings at your dentist is a great way to help your smile stay beautiful.

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Wisdom Teeth 101: Answering Your Questions

At Mint Dental Care in Twin Falls, ID we get a lot of questions about wisdom teeth and wisdom teeth removal. Having wisdom teeth removed is a fairly common procedure, but it can still cause people to be nervous and have questions. That’s why we put together this blog – to help answer all of your questions about wisdom teeth.

What Can I Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Following the procedure, we recommend that you primarily eat soft, cool foods for at least the first few days. This includes foods like:

  • Applesauce
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Smoothies
  • Yogurt
  • Ice cream
  • Soup

Most people feel comfortable reintroducing solid foods into their diet after 3-4 days, but this depends on your level of pain.

How Long Does Removal Take?

Wisdom teeth removal does not take very long. Most procedures only take one hour or less to complete. You will need to rest for at least a day following the procedure to ensure that you can heal and recover.

What Age do Wisdom Teeth Come In?

For most people, wisdom teeth come in between the ages of 17 and 25. It’s completely normal for them to come in a little earlier or later than this range. We can identify if you have wisdom teeth using x-rays.

What Happens if You Don’t Get Them Removed?

This depends on your individual oral health situation. It is possible for wisdom teeth to grow in straight and in line with your other teeth. This would have little to no impact if they were not removed. However, many people’s wisdom teeth do not grow nice and straight. It’s very common for them to grow crooked or towards your other teeth which can cause them to become impacted. This can cause issues such as:

  • Pain
  • Infections or cysts
  • Damage to other teeth
  • Teeth crowding
  • Gum disease

We hope that these answers help you better understand wisdom teeth removal. If you still have more questions about wisdom teeth or wisdom teeth removal, call our Twin Falls, ID office at 208-735-1415 and we will be happy to answer your questions.

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How to Remove Tobacco Stains From Teeth

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Teeth stains are a common problem for nicotine users regardless of whether they use e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigarettes, or cigars. Tobacco stains, and all stains from nicotine use, can be hard to remove. Often teeth stains can set into the deeper layers of the teeth so they are resistant to typical whitening methods. The effectiveness of any teeth whitening method will depend on its strength and how deeply set into the teeth the stains or discolorations are.

Options For Removing Tobacco Stains From Teeth

  • At-home whitening. Using at-home whitening methods such as toothpaste that contain baking soda, whitening mouthwashes, and over-the-counter whitening strips can all help whiten teeth. However, most at-home options won’t be able to affect deeper, older stains.
  • Professional whitening. In-office whitening treatments use much higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide than are available or advisable for at-home use. That’s why professional treatments are the best way to remove tobacco stains or any nicotine stains from teeth. In-office treatments often use lights that speed up treatments alongside a protective cover for the gums to reduce irritation.

Preventing Further Tobacco Staining

  • Rinsing and staying hydrated. Rinsing your mouth with water after using tobacco or nicotine is an easy way to reduce some of the risk of stains. Nicotine use often reduces saliva production which allows bacteria to thrive. By staying hydrated and reducing leftover residue from tobacco use the risk of staining goes down.
  • Good oral health habits. Brushing twice a day and regularly flossing are the two pillars of good oral health. If you are currently or have previously used tobacco or nicotine products maintaining good habits is even more important.

Tobacco Use and Your Oral Health

While there are ways to remove stains damage to gums is harder to correct. Oral tobacco use such as dipping pouches or loose tobacco will have a significant impact on the health of gums with regular use. Nicotine use reduces saliva which increases bacteria growth, increasing the risk of cavities and infections. The best way to prevent further staining, damage, and other negative effects is to reduce and end tobacco use.

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