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Beverages That Cause Teeth Discoloration

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010No Commented
Categorized Under: Teeth

Many individuals have trouble keeping their teeth white despite daily brushing and flossing. Dental hygiene is attributed to daily brushing and flossing. Teeth discoloration can be attributed to causes such as food and lifestyle habits. By making a few lifestyle changes, it is possible to prevent teeth discoloration.

Intensely colored foods and beverages tend to be the biggest cause for teeth discoloration. There are general rules of thumb for determining if a food or beverage will stain your teeth. If a food or beverage will permanently stain a white shirt, then it will be equally harmful to your teeth. The greater intensity of color present in food increases the likeliness for teeth discoloration. The color in foods and beverages comes from chromogens or intensely pigmented molecules. These chromogens latch on to dental enamel which appears as tooth discoloration or staining. Chromogens are not the sole violator present in food. Acidity of food is also a contributing factor. Acidic beverages which may or may not be brightly colored promote staining by erosion of teeth enamel. The temporary softening of the tooth enamel enables the chromogens to form with the tooth.


This is a list of popular beverages that have properties that promote teeth discoloration.

1. Wine. Wine is a popular social beverage that is a major cause of teeth discoloration. Red wine in particular is intensely colored and acidic. Although white wine is less intense it will also stain teeth.

2. Tea. Black tea is a drink that is rich in teeth discoloration properties. Tea has a higher likeliness of staining teeth than coffee. Tea is rich in chromogen, the primary cause of teeth discoloration. Tea drinkers should seek alternatives such as herbal, green, and white tea. These types of tea will are less likely to stain teeth than black tea.

3. Coffee. Surprisingly tea has a higher possibility of causing teeth discoloration than coffee. However, the dark coloring and slightly acidic properties present in coffee contribute to teeth discoloration.

4. Soda. Acidic and chromogen rich soda will cause significant staining. The dark caramel coloring and acid enable the chromogen to penetrate the tooth enamel. Even lighter colored sodas are acidic enough to promote teeth discoloration.

Usage of a straw can minimize the tooth discoloration effect of beverages. Sipping through a straw is believed to keep teeth protected from coming into contact with the acid and chromogen.



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