What foods and beverages can cause staining of the teeth?

If you are chasing that million dollar smile that exudes beauty and confidence, having good oral hygiene habits is a must. However, you will also want to pay close attention to what you are eating and drinking as well. Some foods and beverages that you might enjoy every day may be discoloring your smile. If you want to protect your pearly whites, it is best that you are well aware of what might be working against you. Drs. Scott LeSueur, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro of Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry encourage Mesa, AZ patients to connect with them to learn more about achieving a beautiful, healthy smile that has the brilliance you desire!

What foods and beverages are staining my teeth?

At Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry, we hear from patients all the time about the discoloration of their teeth and how to combat it. Below are just a few of the more common foods and beverages that are often responsible for discoloring the smile:

  • Tomato-based pasta sauces. Italian food is great, but red pasta sauces can do a number on the smile. The bright red color and the acidity of tomatoes can yellow teeth over time. To combat this without eliminating pasta sauce from your diet, enjoy a leafy green along with your meal, such as broccoli, spinach, or kale that can help prevent discoloration.
  • Curry. A popular spice used in Indian dishes, curry can cause yellow staining on the teeth. Limit use or mix it with fresh fruits and vegetables to keep this spice from impacting your smile.
  • Balsamic vinegar. While balsamic vinegar makes a great salad dressing, its dark color can stick to the natural tooth enamel and lead to staining if you do not brush your teeth shortly after consuming.
  • Berries. Many patients enjoy berries for their sweet taste, including cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries. However, these have darker pigmentation and higher acid levels that can have a staining effect.
  • Beverages. Certain beverages, including red wines, teas, and coffees have the risk of staining the teeth. Sodas are also dark and can erode natural enamel due to high acid levels and sugar content.

Call our Mesa, AZ office today

If you are interested in learning more about achieving and maintaining a whiter smile, book an appointment with the Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry. We are open to new and returning patients in our practice, conveniently located at 1056 South Val Vista Drive, Suite 1. Call (480) 834-6991 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation with our team.

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A Message From Our Office

Our office is approaching Dr. Scott LeSueur's retirement as of November 1, 2022. He has thoroughly enjoyed the private practice of dentistry for over 41 years and has now chosen to retire to follow some of his other life dreams.

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