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Can Vibrant Foods and Berries Stain My Kid’s Teeth?

June 20, 2021
Posted By: Dr. Richard Facko
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Many foods can stain your child’s teeth, including berries and vibrantly colored foods and drinks.

Below, your child’s dentist in Palos Heights suggests a few other foods and drinks that may lead to tooth discoloration:

#1 Tomato Sauce

Children can enjoy pasta with tomato sauce in moderation, but eating it too often can lead to tooth stains. Alfredo or Béchamel can work as an occasional alternative to red sauces.  

#2 Soda and Juice

Soda and juices, especially darker colas or brightly-flavored varieties, can lead to surface discoloration. The acid in sodas and juices can also cause cavities.

#3 Food Dyes

Food dyes, especially the bright, colorful dyes found in candy, can stain teeth over time.

#4 Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate can stain a child’s teeth in the same way that coffee and tea can stain an adult’s teeth. Hot liquids can also damage tooth enamel due to temperature.

#5 Some Fruits

Citrus and darker fruits commonly stain teeth, but for different reasons. Citrus fruit is acidic and can erode enamel, allowing the yellow dentin layer to show through. This gives the appearance of dull or sepia-colored teeth. Additionally, darker fruits can leave behind surface stains.

Protecting Your Child’s Teeth from Discoloration

In most cases, tooth-staining foods in moderation are acceptable and won't discolor your child's teeth. 

However, drinking sodas or fruit juices through a straw may be helpful.

If your child indulges in fruits and bright candies, consider adding an additional toothbrushing session to their routine or have them rinse their mouth with water after eating.

Additionally, we recommend healthy alternatives like crunchy vegetables, seeds, and nuts.

For older children, it’s also important to schedule regular teeth cleanings in Palos Heights, IL. Teeth cleanings can help lift away some staining.

Contact a Children’s Dentist Near Me Today

If you’re ready to establish dentistry for your child in our location, we encourage you to call our dental office. A helpful staff member can get you started.

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