From black coffee to red wine, the food and beverages you enjoy every day can cause your pearly whites to become mellow yellows.
While you certainly don't have to give up your morning cup of java or your evening glass of merlot, if your teeth are discoloring, you might want to consider consuming less of these foods and beverages and thoroughly rinsing your mouth with water after you're done eating or drinking.
The top 10 foods that are most likely to stain or discolor your teeth, according to HealthyReader.com:
1. Black Coffee
The darker the coffee, the more it dims your sparkling teeth. Adding milk or cream will actually help.
Tea is an excellent beverage for your good health, including your dental health since it is packed with tannins that attack cavity-causing bacteria and plaque. However, stick with green, white or herbal tea blends. Black teas cause the worst stains. Here's an idea: Don't want to give up your black tea? Drink it through a straw so it doesn't touch your teeth as much.
3. Red Wine
The good news is red wine is packed with polyphenols that help prevent periodontal diseases that damage the gums and bone around teeth. The bad news is red wine is packed with polyphenols that cause tooth staining. In addition, the alcohol content is very acidic and wears away tooth enamel. While you shouldn't brush your teeth immediately after drinking red wine since it can actually scratch the tooth enamel, do rinse thoroughly with water.
4. Cola Drinks
Dark-colored colas not only stain your teeth, but also erode tooth enamel and cause tooth decay. And when you drink it cold, it makes the tooth enamel even more porous and vulnerable to staining. If you must have your cola, drink it through a straw.
5. Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice and other dark-colored fruit juices contain pigments--and lots of them--that can cause teeth to yellow. In addition, the high amount of sugar in cranberry juice isn't good for your teeth. Consider switching to light-colored fruit juices. If you must have your cranberry juice, drink it through a straw and rinse your mouth with water afterward.
This summertime favorite contains dyes that not only color your lips and tongue, but also stain your teeth. In addition, they are full of sugar and the icy temperature opens up the porous surface of tooth enamel, which makes the staining even worse.
7. Soy Sauce
Soy sauce actually sticks to your teeth, and the deep-colored pigment can cause very bad stains. If you must have soy sauce on your sushi, rinse your mouth with water or even green tea when you're done eating.
8. Balsamic Vinegar
Deeply pigmented just like soy sauce, balsamic vinegar also clings to your teeth and causes discoloration. Here's an idea: Pair it with lettuce because lettuce forms a protective barrier over teeth to help keep them free from stains.
9. Tomato Sauce
Just like balsamic vinegar and soy sauce, tomato sauce is highly acidic, attaches to your teeth and causes unsightly stains. You can protect your teeth by eating a spinach salad before you enjoy your pizza or pasta. Like lettuce, spinach forms a protective layer over your teeth.
This delectable summer fruit is packed with nutrients and antioxidants, which help make your teeth strong. But the deep berry blue color can cause deep staining of your teeth. Be sure to rinse your mouth out thoroughly with water after you enjoy blueberries.
--From the Editors at Netscape