Foods and Beverages That Can Stain Teeth

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield joked, “I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. He told me to wear a brown tie.”

A funny line perhaps, but it also highlights a very common predicament that leaves many feeling hesitant to smile: discolored teeth.

In fact, when a survey asked the question “What would you most like to improve about your smile?” the most common response was, “whiter & brighter teeth.”

Why Whiter is Better

It’s no secret why so many want to brighten their smile. Sparkling white teeth communicate good health, success, and approachability to others. Yet smoking, genetics, and age can make it a challenge to attain that bright smile. On top of that, our food and beverage choices might be working against us. How many of the following stain-causing drinks and foods do you regularly introduce to your teeth?

The Beverages:

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  • Black coffee
  • Dark colored juices, including cranberry juice
  • Sports drinks
  • Dark colored sodas—Both diet and regular
  • Red wines
  • Dark colored teas

The Foods and Sauces:

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  • Fruits that are dark in color like blueberries, cherries, and grapes
  • Beets
  • Sauces including soy sauce and tomato sauces
  • Curry
  • Candies and sweets with food dye and artificial coloring like a popsicle
  • Balsamic vinegar

As a rule of thumb, if you can imagine your food or drink staining your favorite white shirt, it’s more than likely that it’s dimming your grin a little too. Of course, completely avoiding these food choices is all but impossible for the majority, and you can’t simply wear a brown tie on every occasion.

So what can be done to give your pearly whites a fighting chance to attain a brightness that is always camera-ready? Our professional teeth whitening in Englewood, OH! Our in-office and take-home services can effectively brighten your smile, even in the difficult contours of your mouth.

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Share with us: Which of these foods and beverages can you simply not live without? What makes them so irresistible?