Discoloration of teeth is a common problem that can be caused by a variety of factors, including certain foods and beverages, tobacco use, and aging. While there are many commercial whitening products available to help brighten your smile, it’s also important to take steps to prevent your teeth from becoming discolored in the first place. Here are some top things to avoid if you want to keep your teeth looking their best:

1. Coffee, tea, and red wine.

These dark-colored beverages can easily stain your teeth. If it’s difficult to cut down on these beverages, be sure to rinse your mouth with water after drinking them.

While we mentioned red wine, did you know white wine can also lead to tooth discoloration? The acids in white wine may make your teeth more susceptible to staining.

2. Smoking.

Tobacco use is one of the leading causes of tooth discoloration. If you smoke, quitting is the best way to protect your teeth (and your overall health).

3. Foods with dark sauces.

Tomato-based sauces, soy sauce, and other dark-hued condiments can leave stains on your teeth.

4. Dark-colored fruits and vegetables.

While these foods are healthy for you, they can also cause discoloration on your teeth.

5. Sugary drinks.

Soda, sports drinks, and other sugary beverages can cause tooth decay and also lead to staining.

6. Not brushing and flossing regularly.

Plaque and tartar can build up on your teeth and cause them to become discolored. Be sure to brush twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque and help prevent staining.

So, were some of your favorite foods and drinks on this list? If so, don’t worry – you don’t have to eliminate them from your diet completely. Just be sure to brush and floss regularly, and see your dentist for professional teeth cleanings to keep your smile looking its best.

Are there any foods I can eat that help me attain white teeth?

Between dental visits, there are some foods that can actually help keep your teeth brighter. These include:

  • Apples and pears
  • Raw vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Cheese
  • Sugarless gm

Because of the chewing these items require they help produce saliva helps reduce staining. The high water content of these foods also help rinse your mouth as you eat.

What if I have more questions about tooth discoloration?

If you have any additional questions about tooth discoloration or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Hanson Dental.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Sometimes, you might just need a little extra help to get your teeth looking their whitest. At Hanson Dental, we offer a variety of professional teeth whitening options to help you achieve the bright, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

Whether you’re planning on a special event or just want to feel more confident in your smile, we can help. Call us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve your dental goals!

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