These Foods and Beverages Are Discoloring Your Teeth

When you have unsightly brown or yellow marks on your teeth, you may be embarrassed to smile because your teeth look dirty and unattractive. Certain foods and drinks leave stains on your teeth that can’t be removed with regular brushing and flossing. Professional cleaning and whitening are the most effective ways to remove these discolorations. 

At Morning Dental, we have all the dental treatments you need to keep your teeth healthy and looking beautiful. Highly experienced and compassionate dentists Bao Nguyen DDS and Michael Floorman DDS make dental visits feel easy and comfortable. If you have stains on your teeth, they provide teeth cleanings and a variety of teeth whitening options to keep your teeth pearly and white!

What causes stains?

The outer layer of your teeth is made of enamel, the strongest material in your body. However, the white color of the enamel easily shows stains by certain dark and brightly colored foods and beverages. Often these cling to the thin layer of plaque on your teeth, so helping keep your teeth clean will help reduce staining. 


Dark colored red wines can leave gray or purple marks on your teeth that don’t tend to go away over time. Brushing before and after drinking can help reduce staining, but a professional teeth whitening is the best way to remove these stains and restore your teeth to a pretty white color.


Sodas are acidic and can eat away at the enamel of your teeth, causing damage and creating more pockets where stains can gain hold. In addition, dark colored sodas such as colas and bright colored beverages such as orange drinks can leave dark stains on your teeth that are not easily removed by brushing. 


Even though fruits are generally pretty healthy to eat, dark fruits such as berries can leave lasting stains on your teeth. This includes dark and bright colored fruits such as blueberries, grapes, raspberries, and strawberries. 

Coffee and Tea

Coffee and tea, like sodas, are acidic, which allows them to eat away at your tooth enamel, creating a rougher surface that allows stains to stick. In addition, their dark color can cause staining on your teeth. Many coffee drinkers drink several cups a day, and this regular habit can show on your teeth.


Tomatoes are also high in acid, which can cause wear to the enamel of your teeth. This is also the case with any tomato products, such as tomato juice, pasta sauce, and ketchup. Because tomatoes are red in color, they can also leave stains behind on your teeth that don’t go away. 

How can stains be removed?

A professional teeth cleaning removes the layer of plaque and tartar from your teeth to which stains can cling. However, sometimes the stains have gotten through to the enamel, and professional teeth whitening is the only way to remove those. At Morning Dental, we offer a number of safe, easy, and effective teeth whitening options to make your teeth look clean, shining, and gorgeous.

To learn more about our teeth cleaning and whitening options, call our office to set up an appointment, or use our online booking system to schedule your appointment on a date and time that works for you. 

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