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Which foods stain teeth the worst?

Foods with dark pigments have the greatest potential to stain teeth. Teas, coffee and red wine have high stain potential. Of course, smoking and chewing tobaccos may be the worst tooth staining offenders and they are known to be serious health risks.

The “foods” that are most likely to stain your teeth are actually beverages. Dark-colored drinks like colas (Pepsi, Coke, and their diet versions) can leave stains on your teeth. Tea and coffee can also lead to your teeth taking on a yellowish, or darker, color. Finally, wine, especially red wine, may stain your teeth as well. A simple way to prevent tooth discoloration is to reduce the amount of cola, tea, coffee, and red wine in your diet. Another option to think about is to simply brush your teeth (or at least rinse your mouth out) after having one of these beverages.

If you are concerned about the unusually dark or yellowish color of your teeth, talk to your dentist. He or she will be able to help you figure out what may be causing the discoloration and suggest ways to improve the color of your teeth.

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