Everyone wants a whiter, brighter smile. But with so many tooth-staining foods and drinks consumed on a daily basis, anyone can be susceptible to stained teeth. Whitening toothpaste and other home whitening products are available, but it’s best to prevent intrinsic stains before they become an issue.
So, how can teeth staining be prevented? By seeing your dentist regularly for teeth whitening and ensuring the upkeep of your oral health. Let’s take a look at the main causes of stains, how to prevent future staining, and what you can do if you have staining you would like removed.
What Causes Teeth Staining?
Staining occurs when pigmented residue from food and drinks builds a film of protein around the tooth enamel. Drinks like red wine, coffee, tea, and dark sodas can cause staining when frequently consumed. Certain fruits and vegetables such as apples and potatoes can also stain your teeth. The use of chewing tobacco and smoking also discolors teeth over time.
How Can Staining Be Prevented?
You can prevent staining by being mindful of what you eat and drink, quitting smoking, and taking good care of your oral health. This means brushing and flossing daily, brushing your teeth twice a day, and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash. It’s recommended to see your dentist at least twice a year to take care of tooth stains before they worsen.
Teeth-Staining Removal and Care
Fortunately, surface stains, under the surface stains, and age-related stains can all benefit from the teeth whitening process. Visit your trusted dental professionals to ensure your teeth are fit for the teeth whitening systems they recommend. This means no sign of decay, and the tooth whitening process will begin after your teeth cleaning appointment.
Maintaining a Healthy, Stain-Free Smile
Now that you have an understanding of what causes teeth staining and how to prevent it, you can start your journey towards a stain-free smile. Get in touch with Dr. Z for your dental visit today and we look forward to helping you brighten your teeth!
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