5 Common foods & drinks that stain your teeth

Dental Implants in Chicago

University Associates in Dentistry’s Tips to Avoid Teeth-Staining

teeth stains

No one enjoys stains on their teeth. Stains on your teeth are caused by acidic food that changes your tooth enamel to allow staining to set, strong color pigments in foods, and tannins that allow stains to stick easily. Below we will review some of the main causes of teeth-staining and tips to avoid discoloring your pearly whites!


  • Sports and Energy Drinks – can erode enamel, setting the stage for stains.
  • Black Tea (like English Breakfast and Earl Grey) – can cause more stains than coffee.
  • Red Wine – is a dark, rich, acidic drink that will discolor teeth.
  • Sauces (soy, tomato, and curry) – also cause stains.
  • Berries and Fruits (blueberries, blackberries, cherries, and other vibrant fruits) – can stain teeth. So can juices and pies made from them.


  1. You may not want to eliminate all teeth-staining foods and drinks, but ease up a bit and follow these simple tips to avoid stains!
  2. Use a paper or reusable straw and sip on beverages. This should keep the liquid away from your teeth.
  3. Swallow, don’t swish your drinks so the liquid doesn’t linger in your mouth.
  4. Drink water to help remove some of the coloring before it sets in.
  5. Rinse, then brush 30 – 60 minutes after eating or drinking.
  6. Floss to remove plaque between the teeth to eliminate places for potential staining.
  7. Get your teeth cleaned regularly, this will help keep your smile beautiful and white!

If you want white teeth and the above options don’t seem to be working, our dental office in downtown Chicago offers veneers and professional teeth whitening as solutions.

4 Things to Know When Considering Dental Implants

Dental Implants in Chicago

University Associates in Dentistry Offers Single Tooth Replacement, Implant Bridges, All-on-4 / Teeth-in-a-Day

dental implants

Dental implants are today’s gold standard in tooth replacement, providing a solution that feels, functions, and looks just like natural teeth. Are you considering our dental office in downtown Chicago for Dental Implants? Here are four things to know before meeting with our team of implant surgeons and restorative doctors to discuss your procedure.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants? Most likely, if:

☑️ you have one or more teeth missing
☑️ you have a fully grown jawbone
☑️ you have healthy oral tissues
☑️ you have enough bone for the dental implant to be secured or can have a bone graft
☑️ you don’t have a medical condition that would affect bone healing
☑️ you’re willing to commit a few months to the process
☑️ you’re a non-smoker

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Yes, dental implants have been around for many years, and the technology continues to advance! Implants, which look and function like natural teeth, have an average success rate of near 100%. They’re one of the most reliable and safest ways to replace missing teeth.

What are the Risks of Dental Implants?

Although rare, some implants fail if there is not enough bone to secure the implant. At UAD, we always make sure there is enough bone present to reduce the risk. And if there is significant bone loss, bone grafting is used to increase bone density before an implant is placed.
Another possible risk is poor oral hygiene. Dental implants are no different from natural teeth when it comes to taking good care of them; both may fall out eventually if gum decay, tartar, or bacteria is present.

How Long is the Recovery after the Dental Implant Procedure?

There’s a varied healing period based on your health, how many teeth need replacing, and other factors. To note, the average implant process occurs in multiple steps, so you may require more than one healing stage. Generally speaking, the recovery process takes anywhere from six to 12 weeks.

Schedule a FREE Virtual Consultation Here!

Please visit our smile gallery to see some of the world’s most beautiful smiles and hear stories and experiences from patients just like you! To note, a UAD payment plan and financing options are available for advanced dental care at our Chicago practice.

Schedule a FREE Virtual Consultation Here!

University Associates in Dentistry