We all know that coffee and red wine can stain your teeth, but there are many surprising things that cause tooth discoloration.

There’s nothing more beautiful than a smile full of pearly whites, but there are many things out there that can damage and discolor your teeth. Many of us are aware of the well-known, tooth-staining culprits, which is why it’s not uncommon to see people sipping their wine or coffee through straws, but there are also several not-so-obvious things that can lead to tooth discoloration and damage. The following is a list from our dentist in Lawrence of the surprising things that can discolor your teeth:

#1. Cough Syrup

Cough syrup can be your saving grace when you’re sick, but where your teeth are concerned, you’re much better off getting your cough medicine in pill form. Cough syrup is made up of a tooth-damaging mix of fructose, sucrose and citric acid–all of which can cause erosion and decay. Additionally, many people take cough syrup right before they go to bed, which means that it sits on their teeth all night long. So be aware of the sugar content in cough syrup and make sure to brush after taking your medicine.

#2. White Wine

Red wine has a bad reputation where tooth discoloration is concerned, but don’t think that you’ll be saving your teeth by sipping white wine instead. White wine is very acidic, and when that acid comes into contact with your tooth enamel, it weakens it, leaving your teeth vulnerable to staining.

These are just a couple of the many surprising things that can damage and discolor your teeth. Would you like to learn more? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.