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Stained Teeth? Coffee Is Not the Only Culprit

We all want our teeth to be bright and white. There are so many whitening products and toothpastes on the shelves at my local drugstore. Dentists, for a pretty penny, professionally bleach stained and colored teeth.

There's nothing wrong with wanting to have pearly whites, but these products can make your teeth sensitive to cold and hot temperatures. Which can be surprisingly painful, so why not prevent the stains before they start?

If you're concerned about your teeth becoming stained, try to avoid these as much as possible:

  • Coffee, tea, cola, and red wine - consider cutting back if it's not possible to ditch these altogether, and brush your teeth immediately after you drink them.
  • Smoking - Don't you have enough reasons to quit?
  • Certain fruits and veggies - apples and potatoes can stain your teeth, so brush after eating them. Teeth, like people, are unique and not everyone's teeth will react the same way to the same foods.
  • Minerals in the water you drink can also discolor your teeth. Some cities add fluoride to the water supply - excessive fluoride from water or mouthwashes can also cause discoloration.

Fit's Tips: Anything that can stain your carpet can stain your teeth - so brushing after each meal and snack can help prevent stains. Keep toothpaste and a toothbrush in your desk drawer at work, so you can brush after your morning coffe.

Also, make sure to floss your teeth daily and get your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months. It's good to know that some of these stains can be gently scraped off by your dentist.


thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 10 years
I've also heard that red/marinara sauce is a culprit, I guess for the same reason that red wine is.
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 10 years
Briosgade is right- drinking through a straw (for cola too) helps because it minimizes contact between the drink and your teeth. However, drinking through a straw (as well as smoking) also speeds up the formation of wrinkles around the mouth, so it's all about choosing the lesser of two evils.
SU3 SU3 10 years
I had no idea about the apples and potatoes! wow...
Schaianne Schaianne 10 years
Getting my teeth cleaned will be so much easier this time since I quit smoking! Yay!!
lorioz lorioz 10 years
Thanks! I've always hated my teeth, and one of the reasons was the colour. I've been wanting to try these for a while.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Lorioz - I've used Crest Whitestrips before and they definitely DO work. They can make your teeth sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, and irritate your gums a little. But that soon goes away after you're done using them.
lorioz lorioz 10 years
So do those stain removing strips work? or should we stay away from them?
Magica Magica 10 years
I had no idea apples and potatoes stain your teeth! :(
krisua krisua 10 years
Thank you. You got me thinking (finally!).
Briosgaid Briosgaid 10 years
I would think that drinking coffee/tea, etc. through a straw might help. I also know that swishing with H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) for a few minutes per day is cheaper than bleaching kits and is pretty effective (I've heard, though, that it's bad for the enamel on your teeth, but my dentist keeps telling me my teeth are great, so...?)
naughtymonkey01 naughtymonkey01 10 years
Oh I can imagine polka dots...My teeth do that every now and then from those things. I drink a lot of soda and my new addiction to get me off soda? Coffee. Pretty soon i'll be straight to crack to get me off the coffee! lol ~*~The Penguins are slowly stealing my sanity~*~
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Apples stain your teeth?!!!:JAWDROP: Well there goes THAT whole An apple a day theory!
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
My teeth are ALREADY stained; I worked in a coffee shop for two and a half years and developed a serious addiction. Well I ditched that for a better caffine suppliment: green tea. It still stains though, huh. I also love red wine. I don't have hundreds of dollars to get these not-so-pearlies professionally whitened, but I've heard horror stories of people bleaching polkadot patterns onto their teeth because the at home strips didn't distribute properly over the tooth. What's a girl to do???
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