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Tips for Keeping the Teeth Stain Free

Tips for Keeping the Teeth Stain Free

If your teeth become stained, you might find yourself wanting to hide your smile. A better situation would be to avoid these stains in the first place. While some lifestyle factors can cause stains, others can prevent or eliminate them.

What Causes Tooth Stains?

If a food or beverage is high in natural or artificial pigments, it is likely to stain dental enamel. Foods in this category include chocolate, tomato sauce, and most berries. Beverages to look out for are cola drinks, coffee, wine, and tea. Tobacco, including both smoked and chewed forms, is also notorious for turning teeth unsightly shades. If you encounter any of these stain factors, remember to rinse with water afterwards for a somewhat lower risk of tooth discoloration.

What Helps Prevent Stained Teeth?

In addition to keeping good oral hygiene habits, you can maintain some other habits to keep your smile looking good. Fresh, crunchy fruits and vegetables, such as apples, celery, and carrots, actually scrub the teeth when they are eaten. You can also use a straw to consume heavily pigmented drinks so that they contact your teeth less. Finally, a variety of teeth whitening products, such as toothpastes, gels, and rinses, can reduce or eliminate milder discoloration.

Even more effective than store-bought products is professional tooth whitening. Not only can this remove most surface stains in a single appointment, it is also safer. To learn more about lifestyle and clinical options for getting and keeping a whiter smile, you can schedule a consultation with our dentist.

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