Stellar oral hygiene creates the foundation for a healthy mouth and a bright smile. Knowing which foods can cause discoloration to the teeth is a part of preventative dentistry. Dr. Rob Strain’s dental office provides a range of oral health treatments to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding locations.
Tomatoes in pasta sauce make the teeth susceptible to staining because of their bright color, acidity and tendency to stick to the teeth. It is a sagacious idea to eat some green veggies such as spinach, broccoli, and kale beforehand to create a protective film over the teeth.
Curry with spices is a part of several exotic cuisines, but these may cause discoloration of the teeth. The curry’s deep pigmentation can cause the teeth to become yellow over time. Curry should be limited in the diet to minimize its staining influence. Or, it can be mixed with fresh fruits and veggies to prevent staining.
This is a health salad dressing, but it also contributes to the darkening of the teeth. It tends to stick to the teeth, and may not be easily brushed away. When having this dressing with the salad, include a crunchy lettuce, which will help to clean the staining effect of balsamic vinegar.
Berries are a rich source of antioxidants, but they may also potentially stain the teeth. Blackberries, raspberries, cranberries and blueberries have a deep color, which can cause staining, even when they are eaten in processed form. They should not be kept in the mouth for too long to mitigate the staining effect. Drinking water can also help to reduce the staining effect.
Several types of drinks such as tea, coffee, sports drinks, sodas, and wine may cause staining in the teeth due to their acidity. Tea in any hue, even white tea, may cause staining and erode the enamel. Enamel can also be damaged with sports drinks and discoloration may occur. Both dark and light sodas also cause discoloration due to their acidity.
Not just red wine, but also white wine can cause discoloration and damage to the teeth. Experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Strain receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas for advanced dental treatments.
Preventing Discoloration after Teeth Whitening
Once the patient has received teeth whitening treatment, they can take a few steps to maintain a bright smile:
- Avoid stain causing beverages and foods
- When drinking beverages, use a straw to protect the teeth from stain causing dyes
- Quit smoking to help maintain bright teeth
Maintaining a Bright Smile
Healthy eating habits and regular hygiene can help to prevent staining of the teeth and preserve a natural and attractive smile. Moderation will make all the difference when it comes to eating and drinking in order to prevent discoloration of teeth.
Choosing water over other beverages, and rinsing the mouth and brushing teeth within 30 minutes of eating can significant reduce the problem of teeth staining.
If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.