Foods That Stain Your Teeth

Foods That Stain Your Teeth
Posted on 08/06/2018

Your East Lansing children’s dentist at Dr. Jacob Myers knows that having a strong, healthy smile is important — but we understand it’s also nice to have a really great looking smile, too. However, obtaining a perfectly bright, white smile can be made more difficult depending on the types of food you eat. Some foods, unfortunately, can actually stain your teeth. Thankfully, your Dewitt children’s dentist at Dr. Jacob Myers can help you learn what foods you should avoid in order to keep your pearly whites bright.

Tea & Coffee

coffee and teaThough many of us rely heavily on one or both of these drinks to get ourselves up and moving in the morning, they certainly aren’t doing our smiles any favors. Tea and coffee both contain an organic substance called tannins, which can discolor your teeth. However, if you can’t live without your morning tea or coffee, some studies have shown that adding more milk to either drink may help counteract staining.

Tomato Based Sauces

Tomatoes may be pretty tasty and contain a variety of important nutrients your body needs, but the red pigmentation in tomatoes makes them a perpetrator of teeth staining.

Soy Sauce

Although the flavoring it gives to many sauces and dishes is hard to beat, the stains soy sauce can leave behind on your teeth afterwards can also be hard to erase due to it’s dark coloring.


sodaWith its high acidity and dark coloring, soda is definitely no friend to your teeth. The acid can wear down tooth enamel, leaving your teeth more susceptible to staining from the syrup, as well as a variety of other dental issues.

Red Wine

If you’ve been trying to achieve a brighter, whiter smile, you may want to skip the red wine with dinner next time. Red wine, like tea and coffee, contains teeth-staining tannins.

How to Combat Teeth Staining

If the thought of permanently giving up any of the above mentioned food or drink in the name of a whiter smile is just too difficult a thought to bear, there are still many things you can do to combat the effects of teeth staining:

  • bubble gumThoroughly rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking something that could stain your teeth.
  • Use a straw when drinking things like soda or iced tea.
  • Occasionally substitute your tea or coffee for a lighter herbal tea.
  • Chewing xylitol-containing gum after eating or drinking helps stimulate saliva production, which helps wash away food and stains from teeth.
  • Eat plenty of crunchy fruits, vegetables, and nuts to give your teeth a gentle, natural scrubbing, which can help keep stains at bay.
  • Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes, twice daily.
  • Visit your dentist regularly to help keep your teeth healthy and strong, and take advantage of any teeth whitening services they may offer.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Pediatric Dentist in Lansing & East Lansing, MI

Teach your children the importance of good oral hygiene early, and you’ll have given them the tools for a healthy, beautiful smile for life. If you would like to learn more about proper oral hygiene for your child, your trusted Dewitt and East Lansing children’s dentist at Dr. Jacob Myers is here to help. Contact us today, or use our simple online form to get started now. We look forward to hearing from you!