We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but some of your favourite foods and drinks cause tooth discolouration.
Of course, maintaining an oral hygiene routine is effective in keeping teeth white and healthy but some food and beverage items you consume daily stain your teeth. No matter how much you brush or use mouthwash, a stain is a stain. And while there are some measures you can take to remove stains, the best offence is often a defence, which in this case means avoiding these items as much as possible.
Top 10 Foods That Cause Tooth Discolouration
- Sports Drinks
- Wine – red and white!
- Tomato Sauce
- Balsamic Vinegar
Why Do Foods Cause Tooth Discolouration?
What do all of these foods have in common? A deep pigmentation and a darker colour are the biggest factors in tooth discolouration. Consuming any of these food or drinks in large quantities causes your teeth to change colour over time. Coffee, tea and red wine are typical culprits in darker teeth. Yellow teeth can often be blamed on an curry, due to its deep yellow pigmentation, but cigarette smoke is also responsible for yellowing. High-sugar items like sports drinks and soda cause discolouration when tooth decay and cavities occur. Similarly, if you eat a lot of berries, cherries or use balsamic vinegar on your salad often, these sticky, high-acidity foods essentially allow for the stain to “stick” on your teeth. Are you feeling at a loss because many of your favourite indulgences have made the list? Read on for preventative measures to take against tooth discolouration.
How To Prevent Tooth Discolouration
Like anything in life, these foods and drinks should be enjoyed in moderation. Make smarter choices when it comes to what you consume on a daily basis. Take preventative measures like brushing, flossing and drinking water soon after consuming the items listed above. Brushing your teeth with a stain-removing toothpaste is also helpful.
As crazy as this sounds, drink teeth-staining drinks like coffee and tea through a straw to reduce the beverage’s direct contact with your teeth.
Quit smoking! Cigarettes and tobacco greatly contribute to many people’s yellow-stained teeth. Eliminating cigarettes from your daily routine will reduce the risk of tooth discolouration (and in this case – gum and tongue disease!) immensely.
Lastly, if your teeth have suffered from discolouration from years of carelessness, perhaps teeth whitening treatments are a great option for you. Your best bet? Contact our team today to discuss tooth discolouration and to make a plan of action to keep your pearly whites…well, white!