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White and brilliant teeth can give you the confidence you need to talk and smile with confidence. However, there are things that can dull and discolor your smile, taking that confidence away from you. It’s best to avoid these foods and drinks as much as possible. Those foods and drinks are:

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 and affect your teeth. This invites stains to set into the teeth. It’s best to drink water while you’re working out and playing sports.

Sauce: Even though they are tasty, their deeply colored sauces can discolor your teeth, especially soy, tomato, and curry sauces. It’s better to eat light-colored or creamy sauces instead and brush and rinse quickly after eating them.

Tea: Black tea can cause many stains on your smile. In fact, it can cause more stains than coffee. Also, herbal and white teas can wear away the outer shell of your teeth and cause stains as well.

If you avoid these fruits, berries, wine, sports drinks, and tea, you’ll be on the right track toward maintaining a white and shiny smile in Gaithersburg, Maryland. To learn more, or if you’re interested in the whitening treatment your dentist, Dr. Maria Hayes, offers at our office, please call 301-637-6155 today and schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve the white smile you will love!