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3 Common Foods That Stain Teeth

Alaska's Dental Health Specialists

3 Common Foods That Stain Teeth

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Despite routine teeth cleanings and daily brushing, there are some foods that can be more stubborn to remove, leading to staining and discoloration. For this reason, be mindful of what you eat and drink, and always brush after indulging in an excess amount of staining foods and beverages. Below is information on three kinds of foods that stain teeth and dim a person’s bright smile.

3 Foods That Can Stain & Discolor Teeth

1. Coffee, Tea, & Soda

These beverages are all very acidic. You may think of teeth as hard and solid, but in reality, teeth are porous. This means they can soak up whatever they come in contact with, and liquids high in acids can easily seep into the teeth and erode enamel. Additionally, many people add sugar to their coffee and tea, and soda is full of sugar, which also promotes tooth decay. 

2. Beets & Dark Berries

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Because of their rich natural coloring, beets and dark-colored berries such as blueberries and blackberries can also stain teeth. When you pick up any of these foods, they often stain the fingers with very little effort. If a food or beverage leaves stains other places such as fingers, cutting boards, dishes, or silverware, then it will likely stain teeth, too. Enjoy beets and dark berries in moderation, and have regular teeth cleanings with a dentist to ensure you’re removing what a toothbrush can’t.

3. Balsamic Vinegar & Soy Sauce

These common sauces are acidic like coffee, tea, and soda and naturally dark in color like beets and berries, but they have additional staining potential because they are very concentrated. More concentrated foods are prone to adhering to teeth, meaning they don’t wash away as easily with saliva or a drink of water. Be sure to limit these foods, and always brush immediately after consuming them.

By recognizing how certain foods and drinks can stain the teeth, you can take steps to protect your smile. For regular teeth cleanings and teeth whitening services, trust the Libby Group. They provide all manner of dental care and treatment to patients throughout Anchorage, and they’re dedicated to providing dental services in a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere for your convenience.