Dentist Lawrence Neville reveals the foods to avoid if you want a perfect smile

Some of your favorite foods could be ruining your smile, and it’s not just red wine and coffee you should watch out for, according to the leading cosmetic dentist.

Dr. Lawrence Neville, a dentist and owner of Dental Spa in Sydney’s CBD, told FEMAIL that green tea, white wine, and even fruit can ruin your smile.

The dentist explains that while the teeth appear smooth on the surface, the enamel is actually covered in microscopic depressions, causing them to stain.

Dr. Lawrence Neville, a dentist and owner of Dental Spa in Sydney’s CBD, told FEMAIL that green tea, white wine, and even fruit can ruin your smile.

“This uneven surface tends to catch and cling to stain-causing foods and beverages that enter the mouth,” he said.

“Certain foods and drinks that are high in acid can also damage enamel by enlarging depressions so stains can penetrate deeper.”

Beverages can be particularly damaging, with green tea being one of the worst when it comes to dimming your smile.

“Tannins are one of the substances that are notorious for staining tooth enamel, especially when consumed multiple times a day,” he said.

‘According to studies, the color of your tea will also determine the color of the stain. Surprisingly, green tea has the highest levels of tannins and excessive consumption can cause gray spots.

“Whereas black tea has the least staining impact and will produce a more yellow hue.”

Fruit juice is highly acidic which means it is very harmful if consumed regularly and will cause teeth staining.

Foods to eat for a whiter smile:

Cauliflower, especially when crisp, as it promotes the development of saliva.

apples

strawberries

Celery

Cheese

Foods to avoid for a whiter smile:

Fruit juice

Green Tea

red and white wine

Sauces for cooking with tomato, turmeric or beetroot

red and purple fruits

“Fruit juice does not stain enamel, but rather weakens it and increases the likelihood of it being stained by other substances,” he explained.

‘Resist the urge to brush your teeth immediately after drinking fruit juice; this will exacerbate the damage to the enamel tubules that are already weakened by the acid contained in the juice.’

And your choice of drink is just as important to consider in the evening, she explained, as both red and white wine are detrimental to your pearly whites.

“If you’re enjoying an alcoholic beverage, my advice is to avoid darker liquids,” he said.

This should be done “as much as possible” after whitening treatments, he added.

“If you think about ingredients that stain your hands or clothes when you cook, these foods will also stain your tooth enamel,” he said.

“If you think about ingredients that stain your hands or clothes when you cook, these foods will also stain your tooth enamel,” he said.

“Swap red wines and dark acid mixers like coke for a glass of white wine or even a vodka.”

“Having said that, high-acid beverages like white wine and prosecco can weaken and damage enamel, creating pockets in the enamel that allow other liquids to seep further into tooth tissue.”

Cooking sauces can also cause intense staining, especially those containing turmeric, beetroot and tomato.

“If you think about the ingredients that stain your hands or clothes when you cook, these foods will also stain your tooth enamel,” he said.

Bright fruits can also stain your teeth, and while dentists agree that they are great for your overall health, they should be eaten with caution.

“Berries, such as blueberries, blackberries and strawberries, are also rich in pigmentation and contribute to enamel staining,” he said.

The dentist also listed foods that can help improve your smile with strawberries, despite their dark color, appearing at the top of the list.

“They are packed with an enzyme known as malic acid, which naturally makes teeth whiter,” he explained.

Foods that require a lot of chewing, like cauliflower, apples and carrots, are also good, he explained, because they promote saliva, which is a great natural cleanser.

Cheese and celery also made the list of the best foods to eat, with the doctor acknowledging the benefits of both for the health of teeth and gums.

Dr. Lawrence said that regular professional cleanings can limit the risk of long-term staining.

“If you can’t resist consuming these foods and beverages regularly, make sure you drink water afterward and, for high-tannin beverages, try brushing your teeth,” she said.

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