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White teeth: Foods to eat or avoid

When it comes to smiles, there are many things that can be done to make them look their best. In addition to hygiene care and orthodontic treatments. One of those extra things is the care to have white teeth, and this care can be done through dietary changes. Check out the article for some foods and drinks to eat or avoid if you want your teeth white.

What avoid:

We’ve all been there. We eat something a dark shade of purple, and the next time we look in the mirror, our teeth and tongue are coated in colour. Scan this list of top foods and drinks known to discolour teeth.


Yes, red wine is a known offender — but did you know that white wine, can also lead to tooth discolouration? One way to help prevent staining caused by wine, as well as other drinks, is to use LISTERINE® Advanced White.

Tomato Ketchup

This sugary, dark condiment with potent spices, like curry, cumin and turmeric, can stain your teeth over time. Just be sure to maintain a good oral care routine morning and evening. You can also drink water to flush away tooth-staining food particles.


You don’t have to quit your caffeine habit just because it stains your teeth—try and use a straw when sipping down the dark liquid, as this way, the liquid doesn’t go near your visible front surfaces of your teeth.


Foods and drinks for healthy white teeth:

Try supplementing your diet with the following foods. Not only do they offer you nutritional benefits, but they also help keep your teeth white.

Sugar-free chewing gum

It’s one of those things that requires a lot of chewing – and that’s a good thing for your teeth. The more you chew the gum, the more saliva you produce. And saliva is a natural cleanser for your teeth by helping to neutralise acids in the mouth.


Your mother told you to drink your milk for strong bones and strong teeth. And she was correct. Dairy products, such as cheese, yogurt and milk, contain the enamel-fortifying mineral calcium, which strengthens teeth to protect enamel from erosion. Chewing on cheese also prompts production of saliva, which washes away staining food particles.


Good news – substances found in cocoa appear to dampen inflammation and may help protect against erosion and decay. Despite chocolate containing sugar, it doesn’t seem to increase the risk of cavities compared to other snacks like cookies, crisps, and sweets. Dark chocolate is the best choice, since it contains less sugar than milk chocolate.