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Foods That Stain Your Teeth

By July 9, 2024No Comments

Having brilliant, sparkling teeth extends beyond just brushing regularly. Some foods and drinks can leave stains or highly acidic residue on the teeth. Being aware of these culprits will go a long way to a brilliant white, shining smile with healthy teeth. 

Foods That Can Stain Your Teeth 

Some foods are especially known to be a big contributor to tooth discoloration because they contain high color pigmentation or are highly acidic. In accordance with WebMD: 

  • Berries: Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries have such an extremely dark color. 
  • Curry: has ingredients such as turmeric, which give your teeth a yellowish color. 
  • Tomato Sauce: has a very dark red color and can result in staining if it is taken frequently. 
  • Beets: The natural dye can stick to the tooth enamel and lead to discoloration. 
  • Soy Sauce: The compounds in this dark sauce are known to stain teeth. 
  • Balsamic Vinegar: can stain teeth due to its high sugar and acid content. 
  • Chewing Gum: Certain types of chewing gum especially those with added colorants. 

Beverages Like Red Wine That Will Stain Your Teeth 

From food items to beverages, there are also some that happen to be the culprits for your stained teeth. These include: 

  • Coffee: dark pigments and acidic content may cause discoloration or fading of the teeth.  
  • Tea: Black and herbal teas both have the potential to stain due to their tannin content. 
  • Red Wine: Undoing the color and the acidity of red wine are reasons for teeth staining. 
  • Cola: Sodas like cola are dark in color as a result of artificial coloring. Added to this is its high sugar content, all of which may cause stains to the teeth. 
  • Energy Drinks: are highly acidic and can erode enamel, leading to stains. 
  • Sports Drinks: sports drinks are acidic and can cause enamel erosion and staining. 
  • White Wine: despite its lighter color, white wine is more acidic than red wine and can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to staining. 

How Foods Cause Staining of Tooth Enamel 

Foods known to cause tooth staining generally contain chromogens, which work like pigmented molecules that attach to enamel. These chromogens, along with tannins and acids, contribute to tooth stains over time. More importantly, acidic foods and beverages exert a generally acidic effect and erode enamel to easily let pigments penetrate and cause them over time. 

 Foods That Whiten Teeth 

Interestingly, some foods supposedly help keep or even whiten your teeth naturally. These include the following: 

  • Apples: the crunchiness of apples can scrub away stains and increase saliva production. 
  • Cheese: contains calcium and phosphorus, which can be in the building of enamel. 
  • Strawberries: contain malic acid, which can be of great significance in whitening the teeth despite the red color of this fruit. 
  • Broccoli: Its high fiber content help reduce stains by scrubbing your teeth while you chew. 

Tips to Avoid Staining or Whitening of Teeth from Acidic Foods 

The following steps are proved to minimize the staining of teeth and give a brighter smile: 

  • Maintain Oral Hygiene: brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. 
  • Straw: using a straw while having any colored drinks may help in lessening the contact of drugs with teeth. 
  • Rinse: after eating/drinking certain stain-producing food/drinks, it is advisable to always rinse the mouth thoroughly with water. These practices will help you maintain a smile bright and free from stains.

Keep a record of the cleanings by visiting your dentist, not only for professional cleaning but also to get advice. Preventing advanced tooth decay is also crucial, as it can lead to severe discoloration and damage to the tooth root. 

For more personalized advice about having a healthier, brighter smile, look to our dentists at Dental Specialty Associates, dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care to the community of Arizona. 


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