New Jersey is apple country, and in River Edge, we get some great local apples in the late summer and early fall. They seem like a great choice to help you avoid teeth stains.
Sure, apples look white on the inside, but you know what happens if you leave apples out, right? That’s because apples contain a compound known as polyphenol oxidase, which ripens them and causes them to turn brown. It’s an oxidation process similar to turning green tea into black tea. In addition, apples are mildly acidic, which can cause them to etch your teeth, making more places for stain molecules to accumulate.
How to Avoid Staining from Apples
The best solution for avoiding staining from apples is to rinse your mouth, chew sugar-free gum, or brush your teeth after eating them. If you decide to brush your teeth after eating apples, brush without toothpaste or use low-abrasion toothpaste. Acidic foods soften enamel, and you don’t want to apply anything abrasive to your teeth at this time. Not sure which toothpastes are best? Your River Edge dentist can recommend some options.