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Posted on December 12, 2018

Pop Quiz: Can This Stain Your Teeth?

One, two, three… SMILE! Keep your smile pretty and camera ready by knowing which teeth-staining food and drinks to stay away from. Here's the challenge: can you tell which one's a yes and which one's a no-no for your pearly whites? Take the quiz to find out:

 

Coffee
Can this stain your teeth? Yes or No.

This one's pretty easy. The answer is a...

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yes!

Coffee has organic substances called tannins which cause staining and discoloration of the teeth.

 

 

Carrot
Can this stain your teeth? Yes or No.

 

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no - IF it's raw carrot.

The crunchiness of greens and vegetables like raw carrots, radishes and broccoli actually help break away stains from teeth! So if you want to make the most of these healthy helpers, eat them at the end of your meal.

 

 

Pineapple
Can this stain your teeth? Yes or No.

 

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nope! Fresh fruits like pineapple have lots of Vitamin C which helps with inflammation and is also good for gum health.

 

Pasta
Can this stain your teeth? Yes or No.

 

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...yes, if it's tomato-based! Tomato sauce has a highly pigmented color, making it a very effective teeth stainer. It's also acidic which contributes to the breaking down of tooth enamel. Next time, perhaps better go for oil-based pasta?

 

Grapes
Can this stain your teeth? Yes or No.

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...yes! The dark pigments of fruits such as grapes and berries can discolor our teeth - and the darker the color of the fruit, the deeper the stain. 

 

Clear Soda
Can this stain your teeth? Yes or No.

We know dark-colored drinks can give really blotch our pearly whites because of their pigments, but what about clear sodas? The answer is...

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...still a yes! Even though these use lighter colorants, their high sugar content can break down teeth's protective barrier, making them more vulnerable to staining.

 

Milk Tea
Can this stain your teeth? Take a guess: is it a yes or a no?

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no! (Yayyyyy!) Although tea on its own can stain our teeth grey (while coffee can stain our teeth yellow), the addition of milk prevents its teeth-staining abilities.

 

But don't worry, you don't have to skip all the yummy stuff just to keep the stains at bay. Regular brushing with Human Nature's Natural Gel Toothpaste can help keep your smile bright with its STAINCLEAR ACTIVES:

✓ Zinc citrate helps prevent plaque & tartar
✓ Natural abrasive silica helps remove surface stains
✓ Peppermint, corn mint and menthol keeps breath fresher for longer
✓ Free from harmful SLS/SLES & triclosan 

And that's it! Stick to this and other teeth-friendly habits to keep your smile (and your dentist!) happy and healthy.

 

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Sources:
http://www.asiaone.com/health/can-you-get-whiter-teeth-drinking-milk-tea
https://www.businessinsider.com/8-foods-that-seriously-stain-your-teeth-2017-7
http://www.altmandental.com/foods-stain-teeth/


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