3 Foods that Stain Your Teeth

The rule of thumb is anything that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth too!

  1. Black Coffee and Black Tea. The darker the beverage, the more staining that can occur. Try adding a little extra milk to lighten the colour and reduce stains.
  2. Wine. Both red and white wines, if taken in excess, will stain your teeth.  Although red stains, white wine’s acidic composition actually etches tiny grooves in your teeth, making them more porous and more easily stained.
  3. Fizzy and Sports Drinks. They are so highly acidic, they actually assist staining by other foods!

While you certainly don’t have to give up your morning cup of coffee or your evening glass of red wine, if your teeth are discolouring, you might want to consider consuming less and thoroughly rinsing your mouth with water or cleaning your teeth after you’re done eating or drinking.

4 Tips for Reducing Teeth Stains:

  1. One way to remove stain causing substances without brushing is to chew sugarless gum after eating or drinking. Try Epic Peppermint Gum.
  2. Swishing and sipping water after every couple of bites or drinks helps decrease the chance of staining.
  3. Eat foods that clean your teeth and act as natural teeth whiteners. These include; apples, spinach, broccoli, celery, and strawberries. Cheese, particularly cheddar cheese, counteracts acids in foods, cleaning your teeth and restoring the pH balance in your mouth. While they aren't as good as using your brush, these foods can help maintain your radiant smile.
  4. Wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth after eating acidic or staining foods. This gives softened enamel a chance to toughen up, so it's less vulnerable to abrasion.

7 More Foods that Stain Your Teeth:

  1. Berries. Blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, cherries and other berries, although excellent for your overall health, can stain your teeth. Be sure to rinse out your mouth thoroughly with water after eating.
  2. Sauces. Soy sauce and tomato sauce, as well as other deeply coloured sauces.
  3. Juice. Grape and cranberry are highly pigmented and can cause staining.  Try rinsing your mouth out with water or drinking juices through a straw.
  4. Balsamic Vinegar. While great on a salad, it can cause havoc to your teeth.  Try it on lettuce, which has a natural ability to provide a protective film over your teeth.
  5. Lollies. Sweets contain teeth-staining colouring agents. If your tongue turns a funny colour, there’s a good chance that your teeth will too.
  6. Curry. Yellow-staining food flavouring can be harsh on teeth. So make sure to rinse thoroughly after indulging.
  7. Iceblocks. Did you ever look at your tongue after you’ve finished your iceblock? Not only does it colour your tongue, but also your teeth.

If you are unhappy or concerned about the unusually dark or yellowish colour of your teeth, talk to your dentist. They will be able to help you figure out what may be causing the discolouration. Any change in a child's normal tooth colour should be evaluated by a dentist.