Teeth Staining Foods

Foods and Drinks that Cause Teeth Staining

Wines    We do assume that if something will leave a stain on a table cloth, it will stain your teeth. Red wines have an acid in it that discolors teeth, but white wines actually have more of that acid and will stain teeth as well.

Sports Drinks   Sports or energy drinks can erode the enamel of teeth setting the stage for stains. Water is always a better choice.

Teas   Although a healthy drink, it won’t help you keep white teeth. The basic black variety actually causes more stains than coffee, while the herbal and white teas wear away the enamel and causes stains.

Sodas and Carbonated Drinks    Because of the acids and dyes these drinks, no matter the color, can cause serious stains. Also, the chemicals used to add the flavor will eat away your enamel.

Sauces    Deep colored sauces like soy, tomato and curry will cause stains. Use a light colored cream sauce and brush soon after eating.

Fruits    Blueberries, blackberries, cherries, pomegranates, and other vibrant fruits can stain teeth. So can juices and pies made from them. Paler fruits, like white grapes and white cranberries, are less likely to cause stains. But they do have acid that can soften or weaken your enamel.

Candy    If a candy will leave a color on your teeth, it could also stain your teeth. If you don’t eat sweets too often then it won’d do much harm.

How to Lessen Stains

You may not want to cut all teeth-staining food and drinks out of your diet. Many of them — like blueberries, blackberries, and tomato sauce — are rich in antioxidants. So keep eating them, but ease up a bit or opt for other sources, like cauliflower, apples, grapefruit, and melon.

Use a straw to keep liquid away from your teeth.

Swallow swiftly, don’t let drinks or staining foods linger in your mouth.

Rinse and brush after eating. Swish your moth with water after eating something that could stain. Wait 30 minutes to an hours before brushing something with acid so you won’t hurt the enamel of the teeth. If you can’t brush, chew a piece of sugar free gum.

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