Having dull, stained teeth can be embarrassing and make it difficult to smile with confidence. Not many people are born with strikingly white teeth, but avoiding certain lifestyle choices and foods can keep your teeth from becoming yellowed or grayish. Refraining from eating foods or engaging in habits that are more likely to stain your teeth, as well as brushing and flossing daily, can help you maintain a whiter, more luminous smile. Some of the biggest culprits of tooth discoloration are listed below.

Coffee and Tea

Many men and women drink coffee or tea on a daily basis. Unfortunately, these drinks contain polyphenolic tannins that cause tooth discoloration. People who consume tea and coffee regularly may eventually develop a yellow or gray tint on their teeth, which comes from the earthy color of the beverages.


Contrary to popular belief, both red and white wine can lead to grayish stains on your teeth. The deep, rich color of red wine, combined with tannins, can create stubborn tooth discoloration. The acidity of white wine darkens existing stains and may make the teeth more susceptible to subsequent staining.


Dark berries are excellent sources of antioxidants, and they are highly pigmented. Blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, and pomegranates, can leave hard-to-clean stains on anything from clothing to your pearly whites. Because of their acidity, they can also weaken the teeth, leaving them vulnerable to future staining.

Tomato-Based Sauces

Tomato-based sauces are prevalent in a variety of foods including pizza, spaghetti, and salsa. Tomatoes are acidic, which can weaken tooth enamel, and the bright red color of the fruit can leave unyielding stains on your teeth. Even ketchup can affect the color of your teeth, so tomato-based foods should be consumed sparingly.


All forms of tobacco can contribute to a range of health and cosmetic concerns, including tooth discoloration and bad breath. The nicotine and tar in these products tend to tint teeth yellow or even brown after years of use. Tobacco can not only stain teeth, but it can also lead to periodontal disease, gum recession, and tooth decay.

Correcting Tooth Discoloration

If you suffer from stained or discolored teeth, there are some long-lasting solutions. Teeth whitening is a quick and painless restorative treatment that can reduce evidence of staining and brighten your smile. Dr. Christine Chung offers immediate teeth whitening results using GLO™ Science, a revolutionary technology that does not damage tooth enamel. Unlike harsh laser teeth whitening treatments, this approach does not lead to permanent tooth weakness or sensitivity. Patients with extensive tooth discoloration may consider porcelain veneers to achieve optimal results.

Dr. Christine Chung offers teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and more at her serene office in Jersey City, New Jersey. To schedule your visit with Dr. Chung, please call +15512224493.