Beware! These 5 Foods Are Known to Stain Your Teeth

NDTV Food Desk  |  Updated: November 06, 2017 18:10 IST

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Beware! These 5 Foods Are Known to Stain Your Teeth
Highlights
  • Citrus fruits tend to erode the delicate enamel
  • Coffee contains tannins that can cause discolouration
  • They contain pigments that can stain your teeth
Who doesn't wish to have a bright smile and sparkling white teeth? Keeping your teeth clean and polished is not only a part of your regular hygiene routine but also adds to your physical appearance. A white smile definitely adds to the charm. So, while you've been brushing and flossing daily, you may have not known that certain foods can tint and tarnish your pearly whites. If you have been noticing some stains on your teeth lately, time to cut back on certain foods. 

1. Coffee: Sorry, caffeine lovers but your daily cup of coffee may not be good for your teeth. Coffee contains tannins, a type of acidic polyphenols, that can cause discoloration. Pigments from dark coloured drinks such as tea, coffee or soda may also get stuck in the ridges and cracks of your tooth enamel leading to yellowish stains if not cleaned properly. 

(Also read: 8 Wonderful Foods You Must Have for a Bright Smile)
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Coffee contains tannins, a type of acidic polyphenols, that can cause discoloration​

2. Citrus and Acidic Fruits: Do you notice a yellowish tinge over your teeth? It is possibly because of the high intake of citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges and tomatoes Even though these are packed with Vitamin C and other nutrients, they tend to erode the delicate enamel revealing the slightly yellow-coloured dentin which is a type of tissue found beneath the enamel. 
 
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Citrus fruits tend to erode the delicate enamel. Photo Credit: Istock3. Berries: Dark and bright coloured berries such as blackberries and blueberries and even fruits like pomegranate are full of antioxidants but they have the potential to stain your teeth. You may have noticed that these bright coloured berries can easily stain your clothes. They contain pigments that can stain your teeth and are difficult to remove. 

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They contain pigments that can stain your teeth and are difficult to remove. 

Comments4. Wine: Sipping both red wine and white wine may make your white teeth look dull. While red wine contains tannins that can stain your teeth, white whine is known to make tooth stains darker as it is acidic in nature and creates small pockets on the surface of the teeth where food remnants may get collected and cause discoloration. 
 
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Sipping both red wine and white wine may make your white teeth look dull.

5. Balsamic Vinegar and other fermented sauces: Balsamic vinegar makes for a great light dressing for a salad and soya sauce is our favorite accompaniment with a hot bowl of soup, but both these sauces may lead to discoloured teeth. Their natural dark colour can stain your teeth and their texture makes it easy for them to stick to the surface of the teeth if not brushed and cleaned immediately.
 
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The dark colour of these sauces can easily stain your teeth. Photo Credit: Istock

You don't have to cut off all these food totally from your meals, but be careful while having them and make sure you rinse your mouth and better brush brush properly to clean your teeth after consuming them. 

 

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