11 Things That Stain Your Teeth The Most – How to Minimise Staining

Many tasty foods are sugary or acidic, which means they slowly eat away at the enamel on your teeth. 

How do you spend a normal day? You start with coffee or tea, then at lunch, you dress your salad with balsamic vinegar or use tomato sauce, smoke a cigarette, make curry for dinner, eat beets from the can … This is the absolute best way to stain your teeth. You may as well brush your teeth with yellowish-brown paint.

So the dilemma is obvious. How do you keep enjoying these so-called “vices” without leaving stains on your teeth? We were happy to learn that it is possible to do both.

11 Most Offensive Teeth Stainers

Red Wine

Like coffee and tea, most red wines contain tannins. You can see the red stains on your teeth immediately after consumption—that’s how potent it is.

Coffee or tea

Most people depend on these drinks to get their caffeine fix, but they have tannins which to can leave a grey or brown discolouration on your teeth if consumed often.

Smoking or hookah

These contain nicotine and tar, both of which can lead to yellow and brown stains on your teeth. Not to mention, they can cause bone loss, loose teeth, receding gums and a plethora of other health problems.


The spice commonly found in a variety of foods leaves your teeth with yellow or orange pigmentation.


The acidic nature of soda can cause your teeth to become more porous and more susceptible to future staining. Dark ones like cola can further discolouration to your teeth.


They have a particularly strong pigment and will stain your teeth red or orange.

Pigmented fruits

There are a variety of fruits that have dark pigments that can easily stain your teeth. Blackberries, blueberries, and pomegranates have purple and red pigments that can leave residue on your teeth.

Tomato sauce

This contains a highly pigmented colour and is acidic as well. Acidic foods can weaken the enamel layer of your tooth which can make it more porous and in turn more susceptible to stains.

Fruit Juices

Fruit juice is slightly acidic, causing the teeth to become more susceptible to staining. Fruit juices also contain sugar which can feed bacteria, causing cavities while staining your teeth.

Soy sauce

Dark pigments and sticky consistency will leave stains in their wake.

Balsamic vinegar

Dark pigments and sticky consistency will leave stains in their wake.

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How to Minimise Staining?

Use a straw

When possible, drink through a straw. Sipping offensive drinks through a straw aimed towards the back of the mouth will limit the amount of time it comes into contact with your enamel, lessening the dulling and staining effects.

Brush often

Secondly, and quite obviously, brush your teeth at least twice a day—and as soon as possible after consuming any offensive products.

Choose the right toothpaste

Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride or hydroxyapatite: These will work to re-mineralise the tooth and make it stronger.

If you have sensitive teeth, look for a toothpaste with calcium hydroxide which doesn’t have the same mineral results as hydroxyapatite.

Stop using of natural pastes. They don’t have anything to re-mineralise teeth. Then, for extra assurance, alternate days using a whitening toothpaste, in place of your regular non-abrasive one.

Whitening toothpaste has silica in them that help scrub away stains that may build up between your regular cleanings.

Floss daily

You really can’t floss enough. Make it a habit.

Use alcohol-free mouth wash

Alcohol dries out your mouth, limiting salivary production and, if overused, can dry out the gums and can stunt nourishment, causing a recession.

Stay hydrated

It’s important when consuming any pigmented food or drink to consume plenty of water. Drinking water neutralises the pH of the oral cavity and helps to clear the food or drink out of the mouth.

Eat green

Eating leafy foods, or foods that you have to really bite into, will help to remove some of the stains from your teeth and not allow plaque to build up.


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