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Did you know that Americans spend millions of dollars every year on teeth whitening? Fortunately, as you probably know, there are a few things you can do to keep your teeth healthy and bright. Conversely, there are a few things that can stain your teeth—including a number of drinks.

As you’ve probably already guessed, sugary drinks may lead to a number of serious issues—including damaging your enamel. You see, sweet drinks and especially sodas can wear down your enamel, which leaves you more vulnerable to bacteria, which could lead to tooth decay. To make matters worse, once your enamel wears down, it won’t come back.

Coffee can also stain your teeth, especially if you take it black. The tannins in tea can also stain your teeth, as can red wine. However, you can substitute red wines for white wines. Still, red wine may be an option to consider because it can also help you reduce inflammation in your gums, which can lead to gum disease.

In other words, you may be able to keep your teeth brighter by simply avoiding these drinks. If that isn’t something you want to do, you can also drink water after any of these beverages to rinse out your mouth. On a similar note, please remember to wait at least half an hour after you drink to brush your teeth. If you don’t, you could damage your teeth.

If you’re interested in learning more about preventing tooth discoloration, please don’t hesitate to contact Rocky Ridge Dental Associates at 205-979-8070. Dr. Roy A. Smith, III will gladly answer any of your questions and examine the health of your mouth. We look forward to hearing from you soon.