Coffee in the morning, tomato sauce on noodles for lunch, and a glass of red wine with dinner – in one day, you’ve consumed three of the top culprit foods that stain your teeth!
We’ve pulled together our list of 12 foods and drinks with potential to stain your teeth. Some are healthy choices, just bad for your enamel. But if you know what’s on our list, you can be sure to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth after eating or drinking any of these:
- Black coffee and black tea—The darker the beverage, the more staining can occur. Add a little extra milk to lighten the color.
- Wine—Red and white wines can both be trouble for your teeth. Red may stain, while white wine’s acid makes your teeth more porous.
- Colas and sports drinks—These are also highly acidic.
- Berries– Blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, and cherries; although excellent for your overall health, any of these brightly colored berries can stain your teeth.
- Sauces—Soy sauce and tomato sauce, as well as other deeply colored sauces, have potential for staining your teeth.
- Juice—Grape, pomegranate and cranberry are highly pigmented and can cause stains. Try rinsing your mouth out with water or drinking your juice through a straw to bypass the front of your teeth.
- Pickles and ketchup—These acidic foods open up the pores of your tooth enamel which may lead to stains.
- Balsamic vinegar—It’s great on your salad, but can harm your teeth.
- Candy–Sweets contain teeth-staining coloring agents. If your tongue turns a funny color, there’s a good chance your teeth will, too.
- Beets—This vegetable brings a powerful stain with it.
- Curry—A food flavoring that can be harsh on your teeth by leaving a yellow-tinged stain.
- Popsicles—If you’ve ever looked at your tongue after finishing a popsicle, you’ve seen the stain, which is also impacting your teeth. And there’s a double-whammy because of all the sugar.
Just remember, a healthy diet is important. We encourage you to establish good eating and oral health habits.