Your smile is one of your greatest assets.  However, just like everything else, your smile can depreciate over time. If you notice that your pearly whites aren’t as bright as they used to be, there are tons of teeth whitening solutions that can help you out, but the best way to safeguard against teeth stains is to be pickier about what you put in your mouth.

Here’s a list of the foods and drinks you should avoid to defend against discolored teeth.

Berries: The natural pigments in blueberries, blackberries and raspberries have traditionally been used to make dyes for clothing, so it should be no surprise that they can also dye your teeth.  As yummy as they are, please eat sparingly.

Citrus Fruits: The acid in oranges, lemons, and tomatoes can tinge your teeth yellow. Acid also erodes enamel, which can lead to other foods getting stuck in tiny crevices in your teeth. Drinking water is healthy for your teeth and body.  Just leave the lemon on the side.

Coffee and Tea: We are very sad to report this is on the list.  Unfortunately, the two most popular beverages in the world are both chock-full of tannins that can tint your teeth over time. Coffee also changes the pH balance in the mouth, which makes your teeth more vulnerable to acids. Drinking through a straw is one way to avoid coffee teeth stains. Put your coffee on ice and enjoy!

Sweets: Too much sugar can indeed rot your teeth. Sugary sodas, cookies, candy and even starchy snacks like potato chips cling to your teeth and provide a smorgasbord for bacteria.

Tobacco: It may be a vegetable, but smoking or chewing it is bad for your oral health in more ways than one.  If you need help quitting smoking, please visit:

Wine: Many people know that the tannins in red wine are terrible for your teeth, but the acid in white wine isn’t much better.

We realize after reading this list, your first question would be “So what can I eat and drink?”  Start small.  Maybe remove one item from your daily habits.  Your teeth will thank you. Of course, you don’t have to give up all of your favorite foods and beverages forever, but limiting yourself and brushing right after eating can help keep stains away.

How To Prevent Stains on Teeth

A rigorous routine of brushing and flossing daily is the best way to take care of your oral health in the long run. If you have stains that have already set in, don’t frown; there are dozens of whitening systems that can restore your smile’s luster. For best results, you should go to a professional who specializes in cosmetic dentistry and can provide either an in-office teeth whitening or at-home teeth whitening solution.  Wekiva Dental offers both types of teeth whitening methods.  Of course, there are many other types of teeth whitening systems, but it’s important to consult with a dentist before doing any of them.

Wekiva Dental Gets Rid of Teeth Stains

Wekiva Dental takes pride in providing the highest quality dental care with the most current technology to deliver unparalleled esthetic dentistry. If you wish to book an appointment for professional cosmetic dental services, then give our office a call at 407-869-7333 and schedule a no-obligation consultation.