My patients often ask me what types of food/drinks typically stain teeth.  There are a couple of different ways food can stain teeth.  One way is through deeply pigmented food molecules which adhere to the tooth enamel. Another factor is the acidic content of the food.  Highly acidic foods can erode the enamel, which in turn allows the pigmentation in the food to adhere more readily to the teeth.

So what are the foods that do this you ask?  Wine, tea, soda, highly acidic drinks, candy, and colored fruits such as berries are the biggest culprits.  Lastly, one item that should always be avoided that discolors teeth among other parts of your body is smoking.

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