We all know that wine and coffee are teeth strainers, but what about certain foods that might
dim your smile?
Discoloration of teeth can happen gradually over time, but some foods are known to accelerate
the process. These include healthy foods as well as foods that aren’t traditionally considered
Any food that has a strong color has the potential to discolor your teeth, so keep an eye out for
the following foods that could be just as bad as coffee when it comes to staining your smile!
Berries are very healthy for you—they contain a powerful punch of antioxidants,
phytonutrients, and vitamin C that can help promote gum health. However, berries such as
blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries all have the potential to discolor your
Unfortunately, this also includes juice made from berries too. Juice consumption should be
minimized because of its high sugar content, but what can you do when you want to enjoy
some healthy berries?
Your best bet is to rinse your mouth with water after consuming berries or sip water while
you’re eating them. This will help reduce the chances of staining until you can safely brush your
teeth—at least 30 minutes after you eat.
Although not exactly considered a health food, there are numerous types of popular sauces
that can work to stain your teeth. These sauces include:
Sauces or dressings made with balsamic vinegar
Tomatoes have a strong color that can stain teeth, especially if you’re a pasta lover! Soy sauce
has a dark color, as does balsamic vinegar, that can work to discolor teeth. While curry is full of
many beneficial spices, including turmeric, it has a deep yellow color that can quickly stain
Not to worry, as most of the staining is temporary, but it can build up over time, especially if
you’re skipping regular cleanings or not brushing your teeth!
Beets, like berries, are very beneficial for your body as well as your smile. They contain vitamin
C, can help fight inflammation with their phytonutrients, and can even help detoxify the body.
Unfortunately, beet juice and the beets themselves can cause discoloration to your teeth on
account of their dark red, almost purplish color. This is especially true if you’re beet fan and eat
There’s no need to stop eating beets just because they can affect the color of your teeth. In
addition to employing the water trick, you can also try golden beets or striped beets—their
color isn’t as potent as red beets, but you’ll still get most of the same health benefits!
Teeth staining can be minimized by brushing and flossing your teeth every day in addition to
drinking enough water. Of course, regular dental checkups can help remove surface stains at
regular intervals in order to reduce staining and keep your smile bright. For an even brighter
smile, ask your local dentist about a professional whitening to effectively remove deeper stains
and keep your smile beautiful!