While decay and cavities aren’t always obvious, certain dental conditions are visible to the naked eye. For example, stained teeth can not only be seen but also typically come hand-in-hand with damaged enamel and other oral health problems. While some stain-causing foods and beverages should be consumed in moderation to avoid developing stained teeth, other substances should be avoided altogether. To help you make the best choices for your teeth and your overall health, we’re listing some of the top teeth-staining substances.
At the top of our list of top teeth-staining substances is tobacco. Not only can smoking or chewing tobacco leads to oral cancer and gum disease, but it can also lead to permanent stains and yellowing of the teeth. To prevent the development of severe dental issues and stains on the teeth, it’s best to avoid tobacco use altogether.
We’ve talked a lot about the relationship between red wine and your teeth. When it comes to teeth stains, a general rule of thumb is that any substance that can stain a white shirt can stain your teeth, and red wine is undoubtedly one of these substances. In addition to staining your teeth, red wine is also acidic, meaning that it can erode the enamel on your teeth, ultimately leading to deep-set stains, sensitivity, and potential tooth decay. If you choose to drink red wine, we encourage you to drink in moderation and pair your glass with cheese to help protect your teeth.
Unfortunately, this popular morning beverage is one of the top teeth-staining substances. Coffee contains tannins that cause yellow compounds to stick to your teeth. While the best way to avoid coffee stains is to eliminate your morning coffee routine, we realize this isn’t realistic for many. If coffee is crucial to your productivity, stay up to date with dental cleanings and rinse with water or brush after you’re finished with your coffee to prevent stains from sticking around.
Some may be surprised to know that any tea with a color associated with it can lead to stains on the teeth. This includes green and black tea varieties. Fortunately, good dental hygiene and regular dental cleanings can help these stains from becoming too much of an issue.
Tomato sauce is another example of an acidic substance that can also lead to stains on the teeth. The bright red pigment within the sauce clings to the teeth, leading to discoloration over time. If you’re worried about tomato sauce stains on your teeth, adding a ¼ teaspoon of baking soda can help reduce acidity.
Sodas are one of the main decay-causing substances that can also stain your teeth. These beverages combine sugar, acidity, and carbonation to wreak havoc on your teeth. This combination deteriorates the enamel while the dark coloring of the drink sets into your teeth.
Soy sauce is another example of a dark substance that can leave a yellowish residue over time. While the occasional use of this condiment should be acceptable, too much may lead to a less vibrant smile.
In addition to limiting stain-causing foods and drinks, you can prevent stains by rinsing your mouth with water, brushing regularly, chewing gum, and by staying on track with your regular dental cleanings. For more tips on how to keep your smile bright, follow along with us on social media @ashleydentalchs.
Contact Ashley Dental Associates
At Ashley Dental Associates in North Charleston, we treat our patients like family. From basic dental care practices to complicated dental issues and even lifestyle tips, Ashley Dental Associates is here for you every step of the way. If you have questions about potential teeth-staining substances or smile-friendly alternatives, make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable staff members today. You can schedule an appointment with us by calling (843) 767-2600.