Foods that Stain your Teeth
Everyone wants a beautiful smile, and bright teeth are a big part of the package. That’s why products like at-home whitening systems and whitening toothpaste are so popular. But many of the foods and drinks we consume can stain our teeth and take away from their beauty.
On Monday, you learned about five of the main stain-causing drink. Today, you’ll learn about five foods that stain teeth:
1.Popsicles: This cold treat is a joy on a hot summer day, but the dyes they contain color your teeth. They’re all also packed with sugar and, of course the coldness opens up the pores in your teeth. Eat fresh-frozen fruit or popsicles made of real fruit (with no food coloring) instead.
2.Soy Sauce: It’s in fried rice and stir-fries, and it’s a perfect companion for sushi, but soy sauce clings to your teeth, causing discoloration.
3.Balsamic Vinegar: Like soy sauce, balsamic vinegar clings to and discolors your teeth. Luckily, salad is a perfect companion to balsamic vinegar. Leafy greens, like lettuce and spinach, form a protective layer on your teeth to prevent staining.
4.Tomato Sauce: Along with being highly acidic, tomato sauce, like soy sauce and balsamic, clings to your teeth. Eating salad before your pasta or pizza can protect your teeth.
5.Blueberries: Blueberries are full of antioxidants, which keep your teeth and body healthy. But the stains they cause don’t do your teeth any favors.
Other offenders include beets, which are high in nutrients and pigments, and curry (specifically the turmeric in curry), which makes Indian food tasty and your teeth yellow. Both foods are beneficial to eat, but you should brush your teeth within an hour of eating them.
With all of the above foods, rinsing your mouth with water after eating will cut down on stains. Combining tooth-staining foods with foods that clean or protect teeth (like carrots, celery, spinach, and apples) will also dilute any staining power.
Dr. James Fondriest is a skilled cosmetic dentist in Lake Forest, IL. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Fondriest, call Lake Forest Dental Arts at 847.234.0517. Dr. Fondriest serves patients from the greater Chicago area, as well as the North Shore suburb.
Special thanks to Healthy Reader for the article Foods That Stain Teeth.