Tooth Trouble from Berries and Cherries

Did you know that your favorite healthy fruits can damage your smile? In honor of National Berries and Cherries Month, let’s discuss how blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cherries all have an impact on your smile. Keep in mind that Dr. Burds offers whitening, veneers, bonding, and other cosmetic treatments to restore your tooth imperfections caused by berries or any other food.

Tooth Stains

Blueberries, cherries, raspberries, and blackberries all have distinct colors. The dark red, purple, and blue pigments can rub off on your teeth and leave your enamel discolored. Don’t be fooled by a strawberry’s bright red color, though. This fruit actually contains a tooth-whitening property called malic acid. Fortunately, Dr. Burds can brighten your smile and hide your tooth stains with whitening, bonding, or veneers.

Tooth Chips and Cracks

Many berries contain tiny seeds that you may not even notice—until you bite. If you bite down too hard on a seed, it could crack, chip, or fracture your tooth. Strawberry seeds are tiny, rough black spots on the outer skin of the berry. These tiny seeds may not crack your tooth, but they could get stuck between your teeth, creating pain and discomfort. If a berry or cherry has broken your smile, Dr. Burds can restore your teeth with crowns or veneers.

Tooth Decay

Berries and other fruits are healthiest and full of nutrients in their natural, fresh forms. When you juice or dry your fruit, they become very dangerous for your smile. Fruit juice often contains high amounts of added sugar. Dried fruits are also very concentrated in sugar, and the drying process makes the fruit very sticky. This sticky film will stay on your teeth for longer periods of time, giving bacteria more time to feed and attack, contributing to tooth decay.

If your favorite berries, cherries, or other foods are destroying your smile, visit Dr. Burds for a cosmetic consultation. Contact Gateway Dental Group at (515) 244-9565 to request a cosmetic consultation or treatment. We welcome patients from River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.