Foods and Drinks That Stain Your Teeth

January 30, 2017 • Jason • NO COMMENTS

You don't have to go far to encounter food or drink that stain your teeth.  Common culprits, like coffee, tea and soda, are on the list.  But there are other foods that don't often come to mind when your teeth start sporting an off-white color.  Here's a brief rundown on some foods to beware of in your quest for pearly whites.

  • Coffee, tea, and wine: your daily cuppa is prone to stain teeth over time.  Even white wine–one varietal, Gewürztraminer, is known as "the old tooth stainer"–can leave its mark due to high acidic content.  
  • Soft drinks and sport drinks: the key here is sugar.  Soft drinks and sport drinks are loaded with sugar, usually in the form of high fructose corn syrup; that sugar really does a number on your teeth.
  • Acidic foods: Oranges, lemons, tomatoes and other foods that are high in acid can leave deep stains.  The acid in these foods corrodes enamel and discolors the dentin underneath it.
  • Spices and sauces: pasta sauce, balsamic vinegar, curry and some other spices/sauces with deep color can be stealthy tooth stainers.

You'll notice that many of the foods and beverages on this list are part of a healthy diet.  We don't recommend eliminating them, but make sure you brush ASAP after eating or drinking them to keep your smile bright.  Keep regular appointments for cleaning and, if stains persist, ask your dentist about whitening or deep cleaning options.

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