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How Can Foods and Drinks Stain Your Teeth?

September 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdentistryindy @ 9:59 pm

Steaming cup of coffee on a bookTeeth come in many shades and tones naturally, but they also change color over time. Besides aging and your oral hygiene habits, the foods and drinks you consume can also cause tooth discoloration if you aren’t careful. Here are the top stain-causing foods and what you can do to keep your smile its brightest.

1. Coffee

If you need a cup of coffee to jumpstart your day, you’re not alone. However, coffee can stain tooth enamel. It also changes the pH balance in your mouth, which can make your teeth more vulnerable to discoloration. If you can’t resist your morning coffee, drink it all at once using a straw to limit its contact with your teeth.

2. Berries

Berries are loaded with minerals and nutrients to keep your mouth and body healthy. Unfortunately, dark berries can stain your enamel. It’s better to have berries mixed with milk, yogurt, or a smoothie to lessen the likelihood of stains. 

3. Curry

Curry contains a lot of turmeric, which is known for staining. Consuming it often can cause yellow discoloration. It’s best to eat raw fruits and vegetables when having curry. They act as scrub brushes for your teeth and also increase saliva production to rinse away food residue.

4. Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is a healthy choice for salad dressing, but it is dark in color and acidic. This makes your teeth more susceptible to stains. Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water after having it.

5. Soft Drinks

Soda is refreshing on a hot day, but it contains a lot of sugar and increases oral acidity. This boosts bacteria growth, which can lead to decay. It’s better to drink sugar-free soda because it’s safer on your enamel. 

Options to Treat Tooth Stains

If you’re suffering from tooth stains, your cosmetic dentist can turn back the clock to reveal a whiter smile. You have more options than ever before to treat discoloration, including:

  • In-Office Whitening: Your teeth can get up to 8 shades whiter in about an hour. Your dentist will place a protective barrier over your gums and lips before applying a whitening gel. A special dental light is used for three 15-minute intervals to get your teeth noticeably whiter.
  • At-Home Whitening: You can achieve in-office results from the comfort of your home. Your cosmetic dentist can give you everything you need to whiten your teeth gradually for 2 weeks. You’ll use the kit daily to reverse discoloration. 

You can enjoy your favorite foods and drinks without worrying about staining your pearly whites by giving your teeth the attention they need. Brush twice daily, floss nightly, and visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup.

About Dr. Corey Martinez

Dr. Martinez achieved his dental degree at the Indiana University School of Dentistry and has continued his education in many specialties, including endodontics, oral surgery, and cosmetic dentistry. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through his website or call (317) 659-9335.

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