Common Foods and Drinks which stain teeth

Do you suffer from discoloured teeth? If so, your definitely not alone. Coffee, cigarettes, wine and soft drinks all have a negative effect on the colour of our teeth, often leaving them stained and lack lustre.

Even some otherwise healthy fruits and juices can cause unsightly marks to appear on your teeth. Our list below highlights foods and drinks that stain your teeth and provides advice on how to maintain a whiter, brighter smile.

Wine- It is commonly known that red wine stains teeth but white wine can also be problematic when drunk in excess. White wine changes the surface of the teeth making them porous and more prone to being stained.

Black Coffee and Tea- There is a general rule of thumb when it comes to tea and coffee, the darker the beverage, the more likely it is to stain your teeth. To reduce the effects of staining add a tiny splash of milk to strong coffee and tea.

Sweets and Lollies- Any kind of sweet treat which changes the colour of the tongue will also have a negative effect on the teeth. Reduce the impact by limiting the amount of foods you eat with teeth staining colouring agents.

There are many foods and drinks which stain your teeth but on the other hand there are some which will act as a natural whitener. Apples, pears, cheese, cauliflowers and cucumbers will naturally whiten the teeth by increasing salivary production which flushes away stains.

If your teeth are dis-coloured and you are looking for a whitening procedure it is essential that you have your teeth professionally cleaned before starting any treatment. A build-up of plaque or tartar will affect the results of whitening treatments, often leaving an uneven finish. To avoid staining in the future brush and floss twice daily, carefully monitor your diet and only use mouthwash if advised to do so by a health professional.