To maintain a set of white teeth is desirable is a healthy personal goal for many people but there are certain types of food that should be avoided for this to be possible.

Foods to Avoid

1. Sugary Drinksand Soda

Sugary drinks and sodas are high in phosphoric acid just like another citrus –based drinks. This high presence of acids leads to faster wear of the enamel, making it easy to be discolored.

Popular energy and cola drinks have the same discoloring effects and need to be avoided if you want to retain white teeth. If you drink these, make sure to rinse your mouth with water after intake.

2. Sweets and Candies

Candies and sweets have sugar components that lead to teeth discoloration when allowed in your mouth for long. Sugar presence makes teeth damage possible; coloring your tongue and teeth in the process.


The whiteness of your teeth will surely be impacted by these items and you can mitigate the effect by using a mouth rinse before going to sleep.

3. Wine

The presence of tannins and polyphenol in red wines makes them an agent of oral discoloration.

White wines on the other side have acidic agents that deepen cavities around your mouth leading to stains and corrosion. If you drink wine regularly, then you might not have white teeth as your teeth can get stained easily without you paying due attention. Make sure you rinse your mouth with water within an hour of intake or before you go to sleep.

4. Black, Normal and Herbal Teas

Teas have tannins in recognizable quantities and can affect your teeth color as a result. Black tea is widely reviewed for high tannin content. When you drink tea, tannins combine with enzymes to wear your outer teeth layers, making it easy for other discoloring foods to attach to your teeth.
Consider switching to green tea as this has fewer teeth discoloring contents. For other teas, use an oral cleanse with an hour of intake or before you sleep to minimize their effects. Adding milk to tea can help reduce teeth discoloration as well and you can use milk frothier to make it bubblier.

5. Spices and Sauces

Spices and sauces are widely reviewed for their health effects but they also act against teeth whiteness and should be consumed with mitigation tips in hand.  Tomato sauces, curries and the whole lot of chili are everyday foods in this class.

Eat lots of starters with greens (cauliflower, broccoli, etc.) as they help to coat your teeth against acidic effects and if you do not use this option, you can also consider the oral cleanse before going to sleep or after an hour of meal consumption.

Condiments like Soy sauce, ketchup, and vinegars have components that stain your teeth as well after a period of use. The same mitigating effect above should  be used after intake as well.

6. Citrus and Other Juices

Fruit juices are made from citrus base and this contributes the acidic contents that are not aesthetically oral-friendly. Other juices with rich color additives also discolor your teeth and you need to take control measures to mitigate these.

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The clue for fresh juices is to avoid keeping them in your mouth for long so that the acids do not build up and degrade your enamel. Oral cleanse and water rinse is also advised as mitigation strategies.

7. Fruits and Vegetables Rich in Polyphenol

Pomegranates, beets, and berries are used for a variety of purposes aside their basic usefulness in meals. They are used in herbal and home remedies to a large extent and this makes them a regular item in most diets and consumption patterns.

These food items are also capable of denying you of the glare of white teeth but they are very beneficial in health terms. When you consume them, make sure you retain some saliva in your mouth thereafter so that you can use tongue movement to minimize their teeth staining effects.


We hope this article has informed you on what types of foods to avoid for white teeth. It takes a bit of sacrifice, but a pearly white smile is all worth it in the end!

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kristinMy name is Kristin, and I’m a housewife with big love for cooking. When I’m not bringing on the Food Network and attempting to become America’s Next Top Chef, I’m browsing online for unique recipes to awe my friends with. Now I ‘m a founder and main editor of Taste Insight, my blog about nutrition and vegetarian food!

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