Top 5 Foods That Stain Your Teeth
Most people associate a white smile with health, youth, and vitality. Unfortunately, maintaining a bright smile can often be a challenge, depending upon your diet. For example, acidic foods can soften enamel and create a rougher surface that attracts stains, and tannins in food can cause stains to stick to the teeth. Additionally, chromogens—which are heavily-pigmented compounds found in some foods and beverages—can easily stain tooth enamel.
If you are trying to maintain a bright smile, try to consume these five common foods in moderation:
- Berries: Dark berries contain high levels of chromogens, which is why they are notorious for staining clothing. The same principle applies to the teeth.
- Tomato sauce: Like berries, pasta sauce contains chromogens that can easily stain teeth. In addition, the acidity in tomato sauce also leaves the teeth vulnerable to further discoloration.
- Curry: The dark yellow pigments of curry can stain teeth due to the density chromogens, particularly when consumed frequently over a long period of time.
- Tea: Even more so than the chromogens found in coffee, the acidic content of tea as well as its tannins can lead to some serious discoloration.
- Wine: Red wine is a more obvious staining beverage, with its visible chromogens and reputation for tannins. However, white wine also contains tannins, and the acidity makes the teeth more vulnerable to staining from other foods.
Teeth are naturally prone to stains and discoloration, but avoiding foods that are high in acids, tannins, and chromogens may help. For those who are still unhappy with the color of their teeth despite conscious diet efforts, professional teeth whitening treatments can significantly reduce surface-level stains as well as deep-set discoloration, helping to restore a beautiful, white smile.
To learn how teeth whitening can brighten your smile, please contact our office today for a consultation.