You might be tempted to reach for your toothbrush after reading this!
The Enamel (outer covering of the tooth seen when you smile) actually becomes softer for at least half an hour after eating one of these foods (meals seasoned with lots of curry, tomato sauce) or drinking one of these drinks (black tea, red and white wine).
Brushing during this time may actually make things worse by wearing away the weakened enamel. Fortunately, it should harden again within the hour so you can brush your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush then if you like.
- The first is to have a big sip of water after you’ve finished your meal or drink and swirl it around your mouth to clear away any acids or staining compounds. Just remembering this alone can make a big difference to how white your teeth stay.
- The second is to actively try and get more saliva into your mouth after eating and letting it move over your teeth. It’s easy to do after a sip of water and saliva is your mouth’s natural defense against enamel erosion, staining and cavities.
You’ve probably heard of chewing sugar-free gum after a meal for the same reason, but it isn’t needed (most sugar-free gum contain aspartame, so it’s best avoided). As long as you swirled water around first, you should be able to easily build up a little extra saliva and do the same again with it.
Before long, this will become a habit that will keep your teeth strong, white and protected.
The purpose for this article isn’t to say NEVER have any of these foods and drinks (though dropping drinks like soda would help your waistline even more than your teeth).
Rather, just to make you aware of what causes yellow teeth over time and to provide simple little tips for you after eating or drinking to keep your teeth as dazzling as the airbrushed models in magazines, at least white enough that you are not afraid to show them off with a smile.