The Top 12 Foods That Will Stain Your Teeth

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I am assuming that we all want to maintain a bright, beautiful white smile well; eating these foods will take years off your appearance and gradually spoil your smile. Avoid certain types of foods that can stain your teeth....


. Instead of bleaching your teeth which is also an effective (and commonly safe) whitening method, it’s much better to try to avoid foods that will stain your teeth in the first place.
However, it’s important that you stay clear of these foods right away but after the whitening treatment the bleaching process normally make your teeth extra permeable. Read on for a list of foods and beverages that can dim your smile permanently.

Black coffee

Most Americans can’t do without a cup of coffee that will get them going in the mornings which will leave the worst stain ever. Why? According to cosmetic dentist Debra Glassman, of New York City, ‘the outer layer of your tooth is very porous’ and that simply means that our tooth absorbed foods and beverages. Many people are addicted to java but they could try adding a dash of milk to lighten it up. After all, you'll get calcium and vitamin D from milk that will help to strengthen our teeth.


Many people might think that tea would have been a better choice than coffee, but however, because of its tannins, it's also considered a teeth stainer too. In fact the good news is there are some varieties that are much better than others. Just try to avoid the darker-colored teas, such as: English Breakfast and Earl Grey. Stick to green, white, and/or herbal teas. Reason being they're much lighter in color and they don't stain your teeth as much

Red Wine

Although, drinking red wine may be good for your heart, but it’s so bad for your smile. Have you ever taken a look at your smile in the mirror after drinking a glass of Shiraz or cabernet sauvignon; you'll be amaze to see what it can do to your tooth. On the other hand, studies have proved that wine can reduce inflammation, which also can help reduce or even prevent gum disease. Dr. Glassman suggests that opting for white wine or swish water around your mouth after drinking.

Dark Sodas

Dark sodas, including Pepsi, coke and even diet sodas too, are particularly harmful to our teeth because their color stains. In fact, the temperature of soda is also considered a factor because, even if it’s very cold or very hot) temperatures causes our teeth to contract, and it makes them more porous and easier to stain. And unfortunately, the phosphoric and citric acids in the sodas erode the enamel of your tooth, the sweeteners in regular soda also helps to promote decaying of the tooth. Try opting for a seltzer, which is healthier than a soda anytime. If you’re not able to give up your soda drinking habits then I suggest that you use a straw to limit the beverages from ever contacting to your teeth.

Cramberry Juice

Did you know that certain fruits juices, can also dull your pearly whites. It is a fact that concentrated dark color and acids are known to yellow down our teeth. In order to keep your teeth white, I think you'll better off drinking fruit juice like spritzers or just sticking to lighter colored solid fruits. For example; an apple, is an excellent choice; because of its crisp texture and light color act almost like a detergent on your teeth, which wipes away stains, Dr. Glassman mentioned in his report.

Popsicles or Slushiest

There's nothing nicer than going for a swim on a hot summer's day, but the old saying goes (that if a food stains your lips and tongue, then it might also stain your teeth as well). But you can choose a lemon ice instead. Sugarless gum is another sweet treat that is much better on your teeth. However, Dr. Glassman did recommend that you should chew it after every meal because it whitens the teeth and also remove bacteria.

Soy Sauce

Some dark liquids that are used to flavor foods, such as soy sauce, can create the same effect. The general rule which you should consider is that if certain foods can stain your carpet or a T-shirt, then it might also stain your teeth too. If you enjoy eating sushi or Chinese food, then I suggest you use the soy sauce in moderation. It is known that soy sauce is also loaded with sodium; it is just one more reason to limit the use of soy sauce if you want to keep your teeth white.

Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is certainly flavorful and delicious, but all its richness comes with a cost: because of its dark color that makes your tooth stainer. Mr. Jonathan B. Levine, D.M.D., of New York City, stated that lettuce helps in protecting your tooth from stains so you don’t have to stop eating salads. However, lettuce forms a film over our teeth that act as a barrier to stain-formation of foods. Alternatively, by using lighter-colored vinegar, such as rice vinegar, or use a spritz of lemon juice instead.

Tomato Sauce

Yum yum! It doesn’t matter if you serve spaghetti marinara or Bolognese, tomato-based sauces will also stain your teeth but there is no reason to avoid Italian staple. You can try eating an appetizer of spinach or broccoli before. Not only does lettuce, protect our teeth from the foods that stain them but it also keep it from seeping in our teeth's pores.


Although, blueberries are nature's super food, it is also packed with antioxidants. But the only downside is because of its dark blue skins it also helps to stain our teeth. Actually, that’s not a very good reason to turn away from their health-boosting benefits. Just be cautious when swirling water around the mouth after eating them.


I am assuming that everyone is aware that even the touch of beets has the power of staining anything it comes in contact with. Beets are mainly potent in juice form, which always the most concentrated. By brushing your teeth within an hour after you eat beets will prevent stains from taking form right away.


Curry is the number one cause for making teeth yellow. The intense color of curry will practically tell that it’s liable to stain your teeth just by the look of it. The same preventive rules will apply here as well as the other foods that can stain your teeth: by brushing your teeth right after you finish eating a plate of curried chicken or swishing some water in your mouth should do the trick.


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Hell I am Donna. I am from the island of Jamaica.My hobbies are collecting stamps & writing (short stories and articles). I like to write about weight loss,making money & relationships.

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author avatar shaheda
10th Jun 2012 (#)

Nice article and definitely helpful info.

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10th Jun 2012 (#)

thank you

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
11th Jun 2012 (#)

quite fascinating and most interesting page...thank you Donnau1

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11th Jun 2012 (#)

your welcome

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