You probably already know that dark foods such as red wine, grape juice and berries can stain your teeth. But a study done recently at NYU demonstrated that white wine could also contribute to darker teeth. How so? Well, it turns out that it is not only the dark pigment in foods that stains teeth, but it is the acid in the wine that roughens and erodes the enamel. The eroded enamel holds a stain more readily than smooth enamel. Other acidic drinks such as sodas will also erode the enamel and thus contribute to stained teeth. Teeth whitening products may be a quick fix but not a long-lasting solution. Diet modification is in order!
Patients often come to our Suffolk County, Long Island Dental Office to ask about tooth whitening. We do successfully whiten teeth. First we do a careful assessment of the cause of the stains, and we then recommend an appropriate teeth whitening procedure. For more information check out my webpage on tooth whitening.