5 Tips to Prevent Tooth Stains

If your “pearly whites” look dingy gray or another undesirable color, it is time to take your teeth stains seriously. Teeth can become stained for many reasons, some of which are reversible. Here are a few things you can try to lessen the chance of stained teeth dimming your smile.


5 Tips For Preventing Stained Teeth

  1. Rinse or brush after consuming staining foods and drinks. An easy rule of thumb is that if a food or drink would stain your shirt, it will probably stain your teeth. Take care to brush your teeth or rinse with water after consuming:
  • Blueberries
  • Coffee
  • Soda
  • Tea
  • Grape or cranberry juice
  • Beets
  • Tomato sauce
  1. Do not use tobacco products. Tobacco stains teeth, whether you smoke or chew. Ask a physician for help if you can’t quit.
  2. Consider using natural whitening agents. Weekly use of baking soda, wetted slightly and applied with your toothbrush, can improve the color of your teeth. Strawberries also have some power as a whitening agent due to the fact they contain malic acid.
  3. Drink liquids that stain teeth through a straw. The straw will transport tea, coffee, soda or other drinks past your front teeth and avoid staining in that area.
  4. Discuss teeth whitening options with your dentist. In-office treatments or take-home teeth whitening kits can keep your teeth shiny white.

For stained teeth that do not respond to these methods, the problem may be due to intrinsic factors such as exposure to certain types of medications or a tooth injury. Teeth stained in this way can be treated by applying restorations such as porcelain veneers.

“Stained teeth are not something you ‘just have to live with’ – there are many options for keeping your teeth bright and healthy,” says Dr. Carol Ford, founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates and a cosmetic dentist in practice in central Phoenix.





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