Foods That May Stain Your Teeth

Have you been noticing that your pearly white smile is looking a little dull? Many types of food and drinks may cause your teeth to become discolored over time. Foods high in acid and those that contain tannins may be the culprits.

Top Foods That Cause Teeth Staining

  • Coffee and Tea-both of these drinks, a must have morning staple for many, causes a brownish/yellow discoloration of your teeth.
  • Wine– red wine is a big culprit of tooth discoloration due to the tannins but white wine is also very acidic which will increase discoloration of your teeth by other foods and drinks.
  • Soda-dark colored sodas are bad for your teeth because of color and acidity.
  • Berries– blueberries, strawberries, and cherries to name a few fruits, are prone to staining your teeth. A rule of thumb for fruit is that if they can stain your clothes they will stain your teeth.
  • Tomato Sauce-tomatoes are very acidic and can definitely stain your teeth.
  • Soy Sauce-This ingredient is used in Asian food and tends to leave your teeth looking dull.
  • Popsicles, candy, and other sweetened drinks and things that contain brightly colored food dyes that color your lips and tongue also do the same thing to your teeth.
  • Beets– while great for your health this vegetable will cause your teeth to discolor along with your hands when you handle and eat them.
  • Curry-this yellow sauce while great as a food seasoning will make your teeth yellow.

Tips to Keep Your Smile Bright

When you eat or drink these things that may cause tooth discoloration, try following these tips:

  • Brush right afterwards
  • If you can’t brush your teeth, swish your mouth with water to remove food and drink residue from your teeth.
  • When drinking fluids that will discolor, use a straw to bypass the teeth and bring fluid to roof of mouth.
  • See your dentist and hygienist regularly to keep teeth smooth healthy to prevent colors to get trapped in cracks of enamel.
  • Talk to your dentist about teeth whitening.

These are just some of the things that can stain your teeth. It is important to see your dentist regularly so he can help keep your smile bright.

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