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Teeth staining can ruin a great smile. The truth is, what you eat and drink has a big impact on the whiteness of your teeth.

Food and drink that can stain your teeth

Anything that leaves a mark on your clothes can also stain your teeth. Sadly, some well-loved favourites top the list:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Grape or cranberry juice
  • Blueberries
  • Soy sauce
  • Tomato sauce


No need to panic!!  You don’t have to avoid these foods altogether but it is a good idea to brush or rinse your mouth thoroughly after enjoying them.


Five ways to help reduce staining

Drink through a straw. When you drink fizzy drinks, juice and iced coffee or tea, using a straw can help to keep the liquid away from the visible front surfaces of your teeth.

Brush, floss and rinse. Plaque makes your teeth sticky and can help stains give something to hold on to. Brushing twice daily, flossing and using an antibacterial mouth rinse twice a day will help you fight plaque and therefore make your teeth less likely to stain.

Have your teeth professionally cleaned. At least twice a year, make an appointment with a dental hygienist for a thorough cleaning. Clean teeth look brighter.

Don’t smoke. Whether you chew it or smoke it, tobacco stains teeth.

Professional Tooth Whitening: If your teeth have become stained or if they have always been discoloured, whitening can transform their colour quickly, painlessly and with no damage to the enamel.

Remember, proper tooth care can help keep your teeth bright. So eat, drink, and be merry — and brush your teeth regularly.

If you have stained teeth and would like it removed, book an appointment with our hygienist.