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How Do You Prevent Tooth Stains?

January 17, 2023
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Posted By: Dr. Cody Gronsten

Several foods, beverages, and lifestyle factors can contribute to tooth discoloration or staining. The good news is that you can avoid tooth stains that mar your bright smile. Here's what you should know.

What Causes Tooth Staining?

Many things contribute to the dulling or discoloration of your teeth. From certain medications you might take, to the lifestyle choices you make, like tobacco use, to simply getting older, your smile has an uphill battle to remain white and bright.

Food and drink consumption also play an integral role in how bright your smile stays. Certain foods and beverages that are highly acidic can cause teeth to become stained or yellowed. Here are a few of the major culprits:

  • Coffee and black tea
  • Red wine
  • Dark berries like blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries
  • Marinara sauce
  • Curries
  • Soy sauce
  • Dark colas

You don't have to avoid these foods altogether; however, drinking water when you consume them or brushing your teeth shortly afterward can help minimize tooth stains. Knowing the foods and drinks to watch out for can also protect your smile as you can be on alert.

How You Can Prevent Tooth Stains

Visiting your dentist every six months for professional teeth cleanings will also help to preserve your bright smile. Our hygienist will help your smile sparkle and shine by removing any excess plaque you've missed at home and polishing your smile.

Committing to a consistent home care routine of daily brushing and flossing will help keep your smile stain-free.

You can also brighten your teeth with a professional customized teeth whitening kit from your dentist in Mitchell, SD. In addition, dental Health Partners offers take-home teeth whitening kits that make it easy for you to smile your brightest!

If you'd like to learn more, contact your "dentist near me" in Mitchell by calling (605) 996-1316.

 

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