It works for your general health, and also it works for keeping your smile bright and shiny: prevention is better than cure. Sure, you can go for expensive cleaning treatments every few months, but knowing (and managing) what stains your teeth in the first place just makes more sense.
The main culprits:
- Black coffee. The darker the drink, the more staining-potential it has. Add some milk to reduce the staining effect.
- Black tea – the same rule applies. If you can’t add milk, don’t make the brew too strong.
- Wine. Bet you didn’t know this, but both white and red wines have tooth-staining potential. While red wine stains teeth, the acid in white wine etches tiny grooves in the enamel, making it easier for teeth to get stained.
- Fizzy and sports drinks. These beverages are highly acidic, which means they make it easier for teeth to get stained by other foods.
- Fruit juices. Cranberry, grape, pomegranate and berry juices carry a lot of pigment which can stain. If you drink them, drink with a straw or rinse your mouth afterwards.
Drink them – the black tea, the juice and the wine – but rinse out with water afterwards.