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10 Food/Drinks That Cause Yellow Teeth and 6 Easy Ways to Whiten Teeth

10 Food/Drinks That Cause Yellow Teeth and 6 Easy Ways to Whiten Teeth

If you thought that darker-colored food and drinks would have little or no effect on discoloring your teeth, think again! The experts tell us that if any fruit or drink can stain a white T-shirt, then it can be just as disastrous for your white teeth.

Any acidic food or drink is likely to cause your teeth’s enamel to wear away. The enamel is the gleaming-white coating on your teeth that keeps them shining, until you get old and/or consume too many colorful foods and drinks. The next layer is called dentin, and that is always a shade less white. The secret is to avoid these acidic substances. If you do eat or drink them, rinse your mouth with water afterwards. This will limit the damage, somewhat.

Here are 10 foods and drinks to avoid and six ways to limit the damage and help you keep your teeth gleaming white.

1. Red or white wine

Not just red wine as you would expect, but also white wine is not ideal for keeping those teeth white. The reason is that they both contain tannins, which are really yellow and brown polyphenols and can leave a dirty footprint on your teeth. Rinsing your mouth with water after a cup of wine would alleviate the problem.

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2. Coffee

You cannot get a darker liquid than this, so the effect on your white teeth is less than great. One solution is to use more milk in it if that does not spoil the taste.

3. Teas

Strong black teas may be just as stimulating as a cup of coffee but they also have the same disastrous effect on the color of your teeth. Experts say that opting for herbal and lighter-colored teas may help.

4. Balsamic vinegar

Dark,sumptuous and great for staining teeth. The good news is that if you use it on salads or spinach, these tend to lessen the drastic effects.

5. Curry

Wonderful taste! But the colors of curry will leave your teeth a bolder shade of yellow if you indulge in these exotic spices all the time. Spinach will protect the enamel of the teeth so an Indian dahl with spinach may be perfectly justified.

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6. Tomato sauce

Who can resist tomatoes in pasta sauces and other dishes? Well, if you cannot, your teeth may begin to appear darker. It is not just the color of tomatoes but also the fact that they are highly acidic. Again, one solution is to have spinach in the same meal.

7. Berries

Raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries are full of healthy vitamins and other life-enhancing nutrients. The only problem is that they are highly colored and will leave their mark as they tend to stick to your tooth enamel. So next time after eating berries remember to drink some water.

8. Colas and sodas

The problem with these is their dark color, but there is additional trap. If they are very cold, teeth will tend to contract and that makes them more porous so they will absorb more color. The same goes for very hot liquids like coffee and tea. The best way is to avoid cola because cola itself is not healthy at all. Only drink it once in a while if you really like it.

9. Soy sauce

You may have to limit your intake of soy sauce if you want to keep your teeth sparkling white and worthy of a dentist’s testimonial. Most commercially available soy sauces do not use fermented soy as that takes too long to make. They go for a faster, cheaper option which uses soy proteins with hydrochloric acid. This type of chemical soy sauce is not great for white teeth. Try to taste the original and natural flavour of food next time before you dip it into soy sauce.

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10. Beets

Beets have a lot going for them. They are full of great vitamins and minerals. The only problem is their dark-red color which will definitely stain your teeth. Rinsing with water afterwards can help limit the damage.

6 Easy Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

1. Brush your teeth immediately?

Why have I put a question mark here? The reason is that after consuming all those acidic and highly colorful foods mentioned above, the tooth enamel is softer and weaker, so vigorous brushing will further damage it. Experts say that it is better to wait about half an hour before brushing your teeth.

2. Don’t forget your tongue

Your tongue accumulates a lot of waste matter which, if left there, will continue to discolor your teeth. If you want whiter teeth, it is better to brush your tongue on a regular basis so that you are removing this toxic dump!

3. Use apple cider vinegar (ACV)

This is a double-edged sword as it is rather acidic so it can potentially damage the tooth enamel. But if you rinse your mouth really well, then brush with your regular toothpaste, you will probably see some good results. Most people say that you have to do this consistently for about a month.

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4. Apples, celery, and cauliflower are great

If you are fond of very colorful fruits such as berries, it is always a good idea to eat an apple to finish off your fruit snack. Apples are great to bite on, are a light color, and act as a detergent to keep your teeth white. As you chew on an apple, it acts as a sort of toothbrush by scrubbing your teeth gently. Pears are just as good. As regards veggies that are just as useful, go for carrots, celery and cauliflower. Check out the other tooth-whitening foods here.

5. Drink water after eating citrus fruits

When you eat oranges or other citrus fruits, try to rinse your mouth with water immediately afterwards as this will rinse away all that acid.

6. Everyone needs their dental hygienist

Whether you opt for getting your teeth whitened by a professional or not, a visit to the dental hygienist or dentist just for teeth cleaning is a great way to keep those teeth sparkling white. Removing plaque and giving teeth a thorough cleaning every six months will help you keep that great smile impeccable!

Have you any tips to pass on which are useful in keeping teeth sparkling white? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured photo credit: Smile / Rupert Taylor-Price via flickr.com

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Last Updated on August 4, 2020

8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

Minimalism is a way to put a stop to the gluttony of the world around us. It’s the opposite of every advertisement we see plastered on the radio and TV. We live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of stuff; we eat up consumerism, material possessions, clutter, debt, distractions and noise.

What we don’t seem to have is any meaning left in our world.

By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you can throw out what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need.

I know first hand how little we actually need to survive. I was fortunate enough to live in a van for four months while traveling throughout Australia. This experience taught me valuable lessons about what really matters and how little we really need all this stuff we surround ourselves with.

Less is more.

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Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing.There are a few obvious benefits of minimalism such as less cleaning and stress, a more organized household and more money to be found, but there are also a few deep, life-changing benefits.

What we don’t usually realize is that when we reduce, we reduce a lot more than just stuff.

Consider just some of the benefits of living with fewer possessions:

1. Create Room for What’s Important

When we purge our junk drawers and closets we create space and peace. We lose that claustrophobic feeling and we can actually breathe again. Create the room to fill up our lives with meaning instead of stuff.

2. More Freedom

The accumulation of stuff is like an anchor, it ties us down. We are always terrified of losing all our ‘stuff’. Let it go and you will experience a freedom like never before: a freedom from greed, debt, obsession and overworking.

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3. Focus on Health and Hobbies

When you spend less time at Home Depot trying unsuccessfully to keep up with the Joneses, you create an opening to do the things you love, things that you never seem to have time for.

Everyone is always saying they don’t have enough time, but how many people really stop and look at what they are spending their time doing?

You could be enjoying a day with your kids, hitting up the gym, practicing yoga, reading a good book or traveling. Whatever it is that you love you could be doing, but instead you are stuck at Sears shopping for more stuff.

4. Less Focus on Material Possessions

All the stuff we surround ourselves with is merely a distraction, we are filling a void. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. After the initial comfort is satisfied, that’s where our obsession with money should end.

We are bombarded by the media presenting promises of happiness through materialistic measures. It’s no wonder we struggle everyday. Resist those urges. It’s an empty path, it won’t make you happy.

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It’s hard not to get roped into the consumerism trap. I need constant reminders that it’s a false sense of happiness. I enjoy stuff, but I also recognize that I don’t need it.

5. More Peace of Mind

When we cling onto material possessions we create stress because we are always afraid of losing these things. By simplifying your life you can lose your attachment to these things and ultimately create a calm, peaceful mind.

The less things you have to worry about, the more peace you have, and it’s as simple as that.

6. More Happiness

When de-cluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you gravitate towards the things that matter most. You see clearly the false promises in all the clutter, it’s like a broken shield against life’s true essence.

You will also find happiness in being more efficient, you will find concentration by having refocused your priorities, you will find joy by enjoying slowing down.

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7. Less Fear of Failure

When you look at Buddhist monks, they have no fear, and they have no fear because they don’t have anything to lose.

In whatever you wish to pursue doing you can excel, if you aren’t plagued with the fear of losing all your worldly possessions. Obviously you need to take the appropriate steps to put a roof over your head, but also know that you have little to fear except fear itself.

8. More Confidence

The entire minimalist lifestyle promotes individuality and self reliance. This will make you more confident in your pursuit of happiness.

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