If a typical morning for you starts with a coffee, continues with an afternoon cup of tea, and ends with a glass (or two) of red wine, it’s safe to assume that you’ve had a pretty good day. Unless, of course, you’re speaking to a dentist (which is exactly what we did).
Consequently, you might be disappointed to learn that your typical day involves three of the most common culprits of teeth staining.
And just as we thought the teeth-destructive drink list ended there, dentist Dr Fadi Yassmin from FY Smile warned us about one more popular drink we hadn’t considered.
“One [beverage] that is often missed is mixed drinks,” he tells beautyheaven, specifically referring to a popular ingredient in many spirit-based drinks: citrus.
Although refreshing and (unlike red wine) not going to leave a stain, these drinks are often abundant in acidic fruits like lemons or limes that can “cause erosion and wear of the enamel, [resulting in] sensitivity,” warned Dr Yassmin.
How do we avoid damaging our teeth?
Without letting this information entirely derail your holiday fun, Dr Yassmin has shared his top tips for not only preventing but also reversing damage caused to our teeth.
- Regular cleans and polishes with your dentist. Dr Yassmin recommends ensuring your treatment incorporates the “use of airflow”
- Drinking through a straw. Despite being a bit more obscure for tea, coffee and red wine, this tip really does work, as it minimises the amount of liquid coming into contact with your teeth. We suggest a reusable metal straw for the environmentally conscious.
- Incorporating whitening products into your at-home brushing routine. We recommend: alfree PLAIN WHITENING toothpaste ($6.49, Chemist Warehouse)
- Professional whitening treatments. Either in-clinic or using a take home kit such as the Hismile PAP+ Teeth Whitening Kit ($149, Adore Beauty).
Do you notice your teeth become discoloured after drinking red wine, tea or coffee?