5 Foods and Drinks that Stain Your Teeth

By Mina Levi, DDS, 01/22/2015
Many people come to the dental office of San Francisco Dentist Mina Levi, DDS asking about how they can whiten their teeth, or asking about why they get stains on their teeth. People get staining for a number of reasons, which may be due to lack of proper home care (brushing, flossing) and it can also be contributed by the foods or drinks a person consumes. In this article, Dentist San Francisco Mina Levi, DDS discusses 5 foods and drinks that stain your teeth.

Wine Staining Teeth Properties San Francisco
1. Wine. Red wine with tannins and a dark color will stain teeth easily. White wine, even though it lacks the deep color, also has staining factors.
2. Tea. Tea (black tea, for example) has staining tannins just like wine. Black tea is the worst stain offender; while white and green teas are less likely to stain.
3. Coffee. Coffee is a notorious teeth staining aggressor. However, since it is high in chromogens but low in tannins, it is less likely to stain the teeth than black tea.
4. Soda. Both light and dark colored sodas are very acidic, and can promote staining by other foods and beverages by “prepping” the enamel of the tooth and making it more porous.
5. Tomato Sauce. Tomato sauce has a deep red color just like red wine, and can easily stain the teeth.
To minimize staining, Cosmetic Dentist San Francisco Mina Levi, DDS suggests swishing with water after eating/drinking staining foods, using a straw to attempt to avoid long exposure on tooth surfaces, and swallowing promptly. If you have stained teeth and would like to whiten them, it is suggested that you have a regular cleaning done first and then Zoom whitening or take-home whitening trays are both options. Keep a look out for next week’s article when we discuss 3 options for teeth whitening. Visit San Francisco Dentist Mina Levi, DDS on the web at www.minalevidds.com or give us a call at (415) 513-5066.