Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Teeth-staining culprits

Happy Spring.  Sorry it's been a while, but I've been trying to find an interesting/informative article to share with my patients, friends and family.  I think I've found something that will peek a lot of individuals interests.

Yahoo! News recently provided a list of 15 foods and beverages that can stain teeth, including berries, coffee, tea, red wine, curry, hard candies, tomato sauce, cherry juice, soda, balsamic vinegar, beets, popsicles, sports drinks, grapes, and lemons. According to the article, coffee, tea, and red wine, for example, contain tannins that can contribute to staining and discoloration, and many of the items on the list are also acidic, which can erode the enamel on teeth.

I've been receiving a lot of questions from my patients lately about discolored teeth and what are the causes.  Some of the above mentioned items are more obvious than others.  I hope you find this informative.

-Eric Tyler, DDS