You may not realize it, but you could have holes in your teeth. The holes are small and are not always visible to the naked eye. They may not cause you any problems or pain, but that does not mean they do not exist. But what happens if those holes become stained.
What happens if they do become noticeable? Dental pit stains form in the holes of the teeth and are noticeable. One of the causes of those stains is the food that you eat. This is why it happens and what you need to do about it.
How Dental Pit Stains Happen
Discoloration of the teeth can happen for a variety of reasons. Poor oral hygiene habits are often the cause of teeth turning darker. Another reason for stains on the teeth is erosion of the enamel. The enamel is the protective layer of the teeth. It is possible for parts of the enamel to erode and for holes to develop in the protective layer. These holes become the dental pits where stains can form.
While there are many reasons for erosion of the enamel, the food choices you make is one of them. Foods that are highly acidic can wear at the enamel. Foods high in sugar will feed the bacteria on the teeth and cause the bacteria to grow. That growth can erode the enamel as well.
Foods That Stain the Teeth
The foods that erode the enamel do not always cause the stains on the teeth. They do create the place where the stains can happen. That allows foods that are more likely to stain the teeth. These includes foods such as coffee, wine, beets, berries and cola all can not only eat away at the enamel, but also leave a stain to show they were there.
You do not have to completely avoid the foods that lead to pit stains, but you should eat them in moderation. You should also make sure to brush your teeth aft eating foods that have the potential to leave a stain on your teeth.
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