Garden Grove Dental Arts : Marianna Ibrahim DDS


Teeth Whitening 101: How and Why Your Teeth Get Stained

It’s not every day that you think about the impact that your teeth play in your life. From the food you eat to the feeling of confidence you get when you’re told, “My,What white teeth you have!” So naturally, it’s not surprising that patients like you are interested in keeping your teeth stain free.

Here at Primary Dental Care of Garden Grove, our patients are frequently surprised by the answer they receive when they discover that their teeth are being stained. More often than not, they wonder why it’s happening. Again, more often than not it can be tied to something they never would have guessed, why’s that? Because when something is a part of your routine — like drinking coffee or a glass of red wine, you don’t always notice how often you’re partaking.

With this in mind, our dental team has provided a short list of  foods and drinks to avoid in order to to prevent staining. While some of these might be obvious, others can be more surprising. So, without further ado: 5 Foods and Drinks that Contribute to Stained Teeth

But first, a note about tannins.

Tannins are present in a wide variety of food and drinks, you might have heard of them — but what are they? A tannin, to be brief, is a polyphenolic compound that actively binds to proteins and other compounds. Because of this, tannins are a very important process when it comes to tanning leather. It should come as no surprise, then, that substances with tannins on them can also actively “tan” (or color) your teeth. A large majority of foods and drinks that contribute to staining your teeth also contain high levels of tannins.


1. Wine

Not only is red wine acidic it is also notorious for staining your teeth due to its dark color and tannin content. However, white wine isn’t out of the dark either. In fact, in recent studied it was shown that teeth exposed to coffee and tea that had previously been exposed to white wine were stained to a much greater degree. With this in mind, if enjoying a glass of tea after a glass of wine is part of your nightly routine — changing it up can give the whiteness in your teeth a valuable break,

2. Berries

The saying goes, “the darker the berry the sweeter the juice” however a much more matter of fact saying might go something like, “the darker the berry, the darker the juice”. Because of the darkness of the juice in these berries (and sometimes, the sugar content) dark berries like blackberries, cranberries, cherries, and pomegranates can actively contribute to staining.

3. Tea.

Earl Grey tea, one of the most popular teas in the world also happens to be one of the most powerful staining agents when it comes to your teeth. One of the primary reasons for this is due to the prominence of tannins in the tea. If you can’t give up your tea, you can try herbal tea, white tea, or green tea — which contain fewer tannins and are less likely to stain your teeth.

Have your teeth been stained? Whether it was coffee, smoking, tea, or any number of other substances — in office teeth whitening can do the trick for even the toughest cases. At Primary Dental Care of Garden Grove, we have years of experience when it comes to solving our patients’ dental discoloration problems. Do you have questions about whitening? We can help.

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