What Are Some Foods and Beverages That Can Stain the Teeth?

  • Posted on: Sep 30 2019
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Dental staining is caused by pigmented depositions on the surface of the teeth. When this occurs, the enamel of the teeth may become darker or yellow, depending on whether or not the staining is extrinsic or intrinsic. Dr. Danine Fresch Gray, the lead dentist at Clarendon Dental Arts, is a dental professional who can help patients understand what causes the staining of the teeth and how to address it.

Extrinsic versus intrinsic staining

Discoloration or staining of the tooth enamel can be caused by extrinsic or intrinsic staining. The most common types of staining seen are extrinsic stains, or “external” stains. These are stains to the outer surfaces of the teeth that may be a result of:

  • Using tobacco products such as cigarettes or chewing tobacco
  • Sugary and acidic foods and drinks
  • Dark-colored foods and beverages
  • Natural everyday “wear and tear”

Intrinsic stains, or “internal” stains, may be discoloration caused by:

  • Natural aging process
  • The use of certain medications
  • Internal or external trauma to a tooth
  • Mineralization or fluoride present in water

What foods and beverages are known for causing extrinsic stains?

The consumption of many different foods and beverages can result in the darkening of the teeth. Some of the more commonly known culprits include:

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Berries
  • Beets
  • Chocolates
  • Popsicles
  • Deeply colored sauces
  • Sweets/candies
  • Tomato-based sauces
  • Black coffee
  • Colas/sodas
  • Red wine
  • Dark colored teas
  • Sports drinks

How to whiten the smile

At Clarendon Dental Arts, we encourage patients to ask about our professional teeth whitening services that can be used to reverse external staining. Deep, intrinsic stains, however, are commonly dealt with by covering them with restorations such as composite resin bonding or porcelain veneers. To determine the best solution for enhancing your smile, we encourage our patients to call our office to learn about our whitening treatments and other cosmetic dental services.

Learn more about maintaining oral health and wellness at Clarendon Dental Arts!

Our team, including Dr. Danine Fresch Gray, is available to assist patients in a wide range of situations, including those who are interested in brightening their smile after staining of the teeth. If you are interested in discussing this or other conditions of the smile, we welcome you to book an appointment at Clarendon Dental Arts by calling (703) 525-5901. Our practice is located at 2700 Clarendon Blvd. and welcomes new patients and families for comprehensive dental care.

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