Foods That Stain Your Teeth

By | April 9, 2009

Foods And Beverages That Stain Your Teeth

Don’t we all love to flash a bright, white smile? Twinkling teeth and well defined lips, and you’ve got a million dollar smile! But sometimes, no matter how regularly we brush our teeth, how particular we are about our oral hygiene, we still manage to get stains on our teeth. So how does that happen? Quite often, the foods that we consume can stain our teeth. To get back those shining teeth, it is important to know which foods can act as the culprits and reduce the intake.  You don’t have to eliminate these beverages and food products completely from your diet, but just limit them and rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth after you consume these. You can also eat more of those foods that act as natural teeth whiteners. Strawberries, spinach, apples, and broccoli can help to keep your teeth white and clean.

All About Tea And Coffee That Stain Your Teeth

Black coffee: Don’t we all love our morning cup of coffee? That’s like a perfect pick-me-up on a sleepy morning! But unfortunately, rich, dark coffee can dim our smile by staining the teeth. So, a good idea would be to add a splash of milk to the dark coffee and reduce the consumption of coffee. Instead of four cups of the brew, try sipping just one.

Black tea: Black tea can stain your teeth just like black coffee. But for all the tea lovers out there, you do not have to give your morning ‘cuppa’. Just reach for alternatives such as white, green and herbal teas.

Red wine: The polyphenols in red wine can stain your teeth, while the alcohol in it is acidic and can wear down the teeth enamel. However, red wine is also known to reduce the risk of periodontal disease. So you don’t have to give it up completely; just rinse your mouth after you drink some.

Cola: The phosphoric citric acids in cola as well as the sugar can cause tooth decay and staining. The chilled temperatures of the cola can also make the teeth more porous. So, on the whole, try to cut down your cola consumption and drink it with a straw.

Cranberry juice: The high concentration of pigment that is mixed with a lot of sugar can make your teeth yellow.

Popsicles and slushes: On a hot summer day, popsicles and slushes give us that much-wanted relief. But the dye in them can stain not only your teeth, but also your tongue and lips. So try a lemon ice and rinse your mouth after relishing the popsicle.

Balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, Indian curries, and beets can also stain your teeth.