The Top 5 Foods That Cause Staining
Even if you don’t use tobacco, you might find that your teeth become stained. Brushing and flossing your teeth can help, but your smile may still darken from the foods or drinks you consume.
Fortunately, teeth whitening in our St. Paul dental office can restore your smile's natural gleam.
Here are some of the main culprits that can prematurely stain your teeth, especially when consumed regularly.
- Coffee – Many people’s favorite way to say hello to the day can darken your teeth, especially if you enjoy French press coffee or espresso. While filtered coffee can reduce the staining effect, it does not stop it altogether. Coffee causes brown stains that penetrate the microscopic pores in your teeth.
- Red wine – Red wine can cause yellow stains with staying power. The darker the wine, the deeper the stains, but that does not mean you have to give up your favorite food and wine pairings. Teeth whitening solves this problem in short order.
- Spices like turmeric and curry – Spices can spruce up your meal and offer many health benefits, but dark spices can also leave a yellow hue on your pearly whites.
- Dark berries – Blueberries are a healthy snack, but if you have ever looked at your fingers after devouring a bowl on a hot summer day, you know they can leave their mark. Other staining berries include blackberries and cherries (even though cherries are actually a stone fruit!).
- Beets – Nothing tastes better atop a salad with feta cheese and red onions than delicious, nutritious beets. Unfortunately, beets stain your cutting board and also darken your smile.
Avoiding healthy foods is not the answer. Teeth whitening allows you to eat all the foods you love without worrying about a yellow smile that may project the wrong image.
For information about teeth whitening in the St. Paul area, contact Highgrove Dental Care for a consultation with Dr. Terry O’Neill.