How to Prevent Stains on Teeth

The easiest action you can take to prevent staining your teeth is avoiding the products that stain your teeth:

  • Black coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Soda
  • Juice
  • Popsicles or slushies
  • Energy drinks
  • Soy sauce
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Tomato sauce
  • Blueberries, cranberries, and raspberries
  • Beets
  • Curry
  • Dark caramel and food colorings
  • Candy
  • Tobacco use (cigarettes, as well as in pipes, chewing tobacco, etc.). Any use of tobacco will promote stain.
  • Some periodontal mouth rinses
  • Licorice

There are a variety of tactics that can be used to help prevent staining your teeth:

  • Use a straw. This helps deliver the liquid past your teeth thus limiting their exposure.
  • Add milk to your coffee or tea.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking any of the substances listed above.
  • Eat raw, crunchy vegetables. These act like natural floss effectively removing potentially staining food particles.
  • Consider switching from one type of tea to another that stains less.
  • Chew gum with xylitol (like Ice Breakers Ice Cubs) to stimulate saliva production.
  • Use a tongue cleaner to remove the stain from the tongue which can end up on the teeth.
  • Don’t brush right after eating or drinking. This may seem like the right action to take after eating or drinking something off the list above, but a brush can actually brush the stain into the teeth rather than have the desired effect.
  • Use an electric toothbrush. These are more effective than brushing manually because of the rapid circular motion.
  • Brush for two minutes and floss at least twice per day.
  • Use whitening toothpaste and rinses.
  • Schedule two professional dental cleanings per year. If your teeth require additional cleanings to manage the build-up of stains, schedule them.
  • If limiting your intake of staining food and drink, and leveraging these stain prevention methods are not enough, you should consider professional whitening.

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