Is Your Smile Not As White As You Want It To Be? Try Avoiding These 11 Foods


If you have noticed that your smile has become a little discolored, a quick toothbrushing session may take off those discolorations, but might not be enough in the future with repeated staining.

To keep from dimming your pearly whites with discoloring stains, our dentists at Riverside Dental Care recommend you try to avoid these foods or at least cut back on your intake.

1. Dark Fruit Juices

Dark Fruit Juices

The darker fruit juices can be rich with vitamins and antioxidants, but they can also be the source of teeth staining. With the deep-colored pigments in the fruit, it’s not hard to imagine that the color will transfer to your teeth. Some of the main offenders are juices like cranberry and the darker purple grape juice.

Also, these fruit juices contain concentrations of acid. As the acid erodes the enamel of your teeth, they become easier to stain.

2. Sports Drinks

Sports Drinks

While sports drinks may be the perfect pick-me-up during or after a tough workout, they can also be a source of dental damage.

Not only do they contain acid which wears down the enamel of your teeth, but the artificial dye that colors most sports drinks can end up on your teeth. Also, the full sugar sports drinks contain plenty of sugar, which can contribute to future cavities.

3. Vibrant Berries

Vibrant Berries

A bowl of vibrant berries may be highly appealing, but they can also be a serious source of teeth staining. Some of the main offenders are:

  • Blackberries
  • Cherries
  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranates

Considering that dye compounds used to be made from distilled fruit dye, it shouldn’t be surprising that vibrant berries can stain our teeth. You can lessen the staining effect by swishing with water to help reduce both staining, and the acid erosive effect berries have.

4. Color-Transferring Sugary Treats

Color-Transferring Sugary Treats

Remember when you were a kid, and you ate a popsicle or treat that made your tongue change colors? Well, while that was pretty funny as a kid, it can lead to permanent stains on your teeth as well as temporary stains on your tongue.

5. Coffee


Whether you like your coffee black or covered in whipped cream, you are headed right for dark stains on your teeth as you enjoy your roasted bean drink. While black coffee definitely has more power to stain your teeth, the habits most people have around coffee is what causes most of the staining.

Think about it. You wake up, get ready for the day, eat breakfast, brush your teeth, then grab your coffee right after brushing. As teeth brushing removes the protective layer of film on your teeth, the coffee is better able to stain your under-protected, porous teeth.

6. Wine


Red wine is the main culprit when it comes to wine staining your teeth. While this may not surprise regular red wine drinkers, those who love a good rose or white wine aren’t in the clear either.

Both white wine and rose wines contain a large amount of sugar and acid, which work together to erode and stain teeth. In fact, most white wines have more acid than red wines!

7. Tea


Tea can be an exceptionally healthy drink to enjoy, but you need to be careful with your teeth when you drink it.

Black tea is the variant of tea that is most likely to stain your teeth. In fact, many black teas can stain your teeth more than coffee! Green, white, and herbal teas have less staining potential, but they can wear down your enamel, so take care as you drink your tea.

8. Sauces


A sauce may make a great addition to your meal, but it can spell trouble for the color of your teeth. Some of the sauces with high staining potential are:

  • Tomato sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Curry sauces

9. Beets


Probably the fastest staining food is beets. Their rich, deep color is easily transferred to everything, including your teeth. But you don’t have to cut this nutrient-packed veggie out of your diet.

If you manage to brush your teeth within an hour after eating beets, you can help ward off staining your teeth.

10. Carbonated Drinks

Carbonated Drinks

Carbonated drinks, from soda to energy drinks, can be major sources of staining for heavy drinkers. With the dyes that color these drinks as well as the acid, it’s a recipe for dental staining. Even clear or light-colored carbonated drinks can lead to stains, as the acid wears down your protective enamel.

11. Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar

As healthy as balsamic vinegar can be for the rest of your body, it’s not doing your teeth any favors. The dark color can add layers of stain to your teeth, particularly as the acid in the vinegar has gone to work. A lighter-colored vinegar may be a better option to help preserve your teeth’s color.

Ways To Correct Discolored Teeth

If your teeth have already become discolored, not all is lost. At Riverside Dental Care, our dentists provide a comprehensive list of cosmetic dentistry services which can help you have the white, bright smile you want. Some options you may want to consider are:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Veneers
  • Crowns

To schedule a dental cleaning or a cosmetic dentistry consultation with one of our excellent dentists, contact us. We look forward to helping you reach your ideal smile!

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