Is What I Am Eating Staining My Teeth?

Staining My Teeth

Have you noticed that your teeth are beginning to show signs of stain, even if you brush regularly? There are a number of different foods and beverages that can stain your teeth. While eating these foods occasionally may not result in any noticeable discoloration, eating them regularly will. That is because these foods contain chromogens, a chemical compound that gives the foods their bright, bold colors. Other foods and drinks contain tannin, which makes it easier for teeth to stain. 

What Foods Stain Teeth?

The biggest food category that affects teeth is fruit, specifically berries. Blueberries, blackberries, cherries, and even strawberries can stain your teeth over time. If the enamel of your teeth has been weakened, it makes it even easier for berries to leave stains. Other foods include curry, beetroot, and foods covered in tomato-based sauces, such as pasta. Some condiments such as balsamic vinegar and soy sauce can also leave behind stains.

Drinks to Avoid

Some drinks will stain your teeth, too. Coffee and tea both contain a large amount of tannins and will quickly start to stain your teeth. Various dark sodas stain teeth, too. The acids that these drinks contain damage the enamel of the teeth, which can also lead to other issues besides staining. Fruit juices, especially dark juices, will leave behind stains as well. Even those fruit juices that are lighter in color may be a concern because they are often highly acidic. Finally, red wine contains tannins, so it may also stain your teeth. 

Overall, a good rule of thumb is that if it will stain your clothing, it could stain your teeth. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to address these stains. Brushing after each meal will help reduce the amount of time stains have to sink into your teeth. If you already have stains you want to be removed, we can help. Contact Crossroads Family Dentistry to discuss tooth whitening options.