Teeth Staining Foods To Avoid

How to keep your teeth whiter for longer.

At the Cygnet Dental Practice in Wickford, Essex, we believe not only in treating patients when they have problems, but also providing them with helpful advice which helps them to have healthy and great looking teeth.

As one of the most common dental concerns people have is that their teeth have become discoloured, we thought we would list some of the worst ‘culprits’ that can speed up that process.

It should be noted that, although avoiding these foods and drinks will certainly help your teeth to remain whiter for a longer period of time; as we get older, the inner part of our teeth will naturally darken, leaving them looking yellow and discoloured. Fortunately, this can usually be rectified using our popular cosmetic teeth whitening procedure. For more information about this, please contact us on 01268 733078 if you live in the Wickford, Downham, Shotgate or surrounding areas.

With regards to staining foods, drinks and habits, here are the most notorious top ten:

  1. Smoking – this habit is one of the most likely to discolour your teeth, especially if you are a heavy smoker. As well as the obvious dangers to your health, smoking leaves tar deposits on your teeth that build up over a period of time.
  2. Coffee – Anyone who has ever spilled coffee on white clothing will realise the staining effect it can have. Darker and more intense coffees such as espressos may have an even worse effect, especially if drunk regularly though the day.
  3. Tea – Although lighter in colour, tea contains tannins which are notorious for their staining capabilities.
  4. Red wine – Again, a well known staining drink. Some of its immediate staining effects can be reduced by rinsing the mouth with water after drinking, and of course, cleaning your teeth as soon as is practical.
  5. Cola (and other soft drinks) – Colas are dark in colour and this is why they are often thought to stain the teeth. The fact is though, that all acidic and high sugar carbonated drinks can add to staining as they attack the enamel on the teeth, often causing tiny pits in which other staining agents can become trapped.
  6. Soy sauce – This intensely dark liquid can certainly cause teeth staining. If you eat a lot of oriental food, this is one to watch.
  7. Balsamic vinegar – Similar to the above, this aged condiment has the capacity to badly stain the teeth.
  8. Blueberries (and other dark fruits) – Even very healthy foods can be problematic when it comes to the appearance of our teeth. Take care to brush well after eating these.
  9. Beetroot – Again, very staining as anyone who has ever tried to remove a beetroot stain can testify. Try to brush your teeth within an hour of eating these if at all possible.
  10. Curry – Last but not least, one of the most popular meals in the UK. One ingredient frequently used in curries, turmeric; is especially staining and again, good cleaning is essential to reduce any staining that may be incurred through eating curries.

Although it is probably unlikely that our local patients will avoid all of these foods, it is certainly worth bearing them in mind when planning a meal. Avoiding high sugar carbonated drinks too is something worth investigating.

If you are unhappy with the current colour of your teeth and would like to discuss how we can help you to restore whiteness, please call the Cygnet Dental Practice on 01268 733078.