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What foods and drinks stain teeth?

As you age, it’s common to notice that your teeth don’t look as bright and vibrant as they once did. Depending on your lifestyle habits, this can begin to happen as early as your twenties.

There are many different foods and drinks that stain your teeth. Some may be obvious, but there are probably others that you never suspected could be adding to the discoloration of your smile.

Here are some of the most notorious culprits:

Beverages That Stain Teeth

  • Coffee (with or without lightener)
  • Dark teas
  • Red and white wine
  • Colas 

Foods That Stain Teeth

  • Blueberries and blackberries
  • Beets
  • Tomato sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Some curries

These foods and beverages leave staining pigments behind, but highly acidic foods like fruit juices are also a problem because they eat away at tooth enamel.

It may seem impossible to be able to enjoy all the foods you love and still keep a bright, white smile. The key is moderation and conscientious oral hygiene. If you do indulge, rinse your mouth with water frequently and wait about 30 minutes then brush your teeth if possible.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Moorhead, MN

If your teeth are already stained, or you just want to brighten a faded smile, you can always opt for professional teeth whitening at Northland Dental. We offer several whitening options, including in-office treatment and customized take-home whitening kits.

Please call our Moorhead dental office to schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning to get started. 

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