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7 Foods That Can Stain Your Teeth

Do you feel like there’s something holding you back from having that dazzling white smile you’ve always dreamed of?

Try checking our list below and see if your food may be your main culprit!

Consuming certain foods may cause staining of your teeth or tooth discoloration because of their intense color pigmentation.

Here are some examples of foods that fall into that category:

1. Red wine—the color red in red wine is extremely dominant, which can leave a red/purple stain on your teeth if you drink it on a regular basis. The acidity in red wine can also damage your teeth, causing them to absorb more color than they normally would.

2. Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries—berries contain an intense amount of colour pigmentation, whether they are blue, red or black. The color in blueberries, raspberries and blackberries has the potential to stick to your enamel and stain your teeth.

3. Carbonated drinks—soda and cola are high in acidity and can weaken your enamel. Carbonated drinks with strong colour pigmentation, such as Cola, can then stain your weakened teeth even more than it normally would if your enamel wasn’t damaged.

When sipping on your favorite soft drink, make sure you swallow right away. If you leave the drink in your mouth for too long, the chances of your enamel weakening and a stain developing on your teeth are higher.

4. Candy and sweets—we all know that the high sugar content in candy and sweets is notorious for harming your teeth, but did you know it could also stain your teeth?

But not to worry; this is only true if you consume a lot of candy and sweets throughout the day. There’s no harm done if you indulge yourself every once in a while.

5. Black coffee—the intense color in coffee can cause immediate stains to your perfect, white smile. The key is to add milk to your coffee; not only does it help to keep your teeth white, but it also adds a calcium boost to your diet.

6. Tea—even though tea is healthy for you, studies have shown that most types of tea can harm your enamel and stain your teeth—even light colored teas like jasmine tea.

7. Soy Sauce—the perfect companion to your favorite sushi dinner is also one of the worst offenders for staining your teeth. Next time you’re at the sushi bar, remember to rinse your mouth with green tea or water after eating soy sauce to reduce your chances of staining your teeth.

Remember, it’s everything in balance. Your teeth stain only if you indulge in foods that harm your teeth. If you eat a normal and healthy balance of all foods, you can continue to enjoy your beautiful, white smile.

Visit a 123Dentist office today for additional tips on how to maintain your stain-free smile!