Yes -- vibrant, luscious fruits like blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries are loaded with antioxidants. While they may be good for your body, however, they’re actually pretty rough on your teeth. “Your teeth are incredibly porous, with microscopic holes that absorb any foods that are naturally or artificially staining,” explains Kourosh Maddahi, DDS, who specializes in cosmetic and implant dentistry in Beverly Hills. “It’s good to keep in mind that anything that would stain your clothes is going to stain your teeth.”
Ironically enough, to undo some of the damage, you can actually fight fire with fire: Finish your berry bonanza with a serving of strawberries. You can even rub them directly on your teeth! According to Dr. Maddahi, strawberries have a bit of acidity that can remove some of the surface discoloration without harming your enamel. If you don’t want to raid your fruit salad for a fix, rinse your mouth with a mixture of equal parts peroxide and water any time you eat berries.
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