Four Foods That May Dim Your Smile

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Some of your favorite foods may affect your smile.

Your grandmother’s pasta recipe from the Old Country may be delicious, but it could also be causing some serious damage to your pearly whites. This week, we’ll explore a few foods that may be staining your teeth– and ways to keep your smile bright.

Marinara Sauce

Pasta sauce is high in acidity and has a tendency to cling to the surface of teeth. The tomatoes used to make marinara sauce are bright red, and can leave your teeth vulnerable to staining. You can protect your teeth from a big bowl of spaghetti by snacking on green veggies beforehand to create a protective film over your teeth.

Thai Curry

Curry is a wonderful spice that adds intense flavor to any dish, but it’s also the cause of teeth discoloration. Its deep yellow pigmentation can cause teeth to become darker over time. If you enjoy curry dishes regularly, prepare the dish with fresh fruits and vegetables that may limit stains.

Balsamic Glaze/ Dressing

Balsamic glaze and vinegar make wonderful toppings for salads, wraps, and even ice cream. The natural color of balsamic, however, is very dark, which means that it can easily stain your teeth. The good news is that crunchy lettuce helps to combat teeth stains!


A variety of different drinks can cause stains due to their color and acidity such as coffee, tea, and red wine. Enjoy these beverages in moderation, and ensure that you’re brushing your teeth or at least rinsing your mouth with water afterward.

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