A very common reasons people visit their cosmetic dentist is to address tooth staining and discoloration with a teeth whitening procedure. Some tooth discoloration is unavoidable, caused by age, genetics, or mineralization and medications. However, other tooth discoloration is caused by foods and beverages including:
- Candy and sweets
- Coffee and tea
- Dark berries and vegetables
- Dark colored sauces, particularly tomato sauces
- Soda and carbonated drinks
- Sports drinks
The best way to avoid staining your teeth is to obviously quit eating and drinking or significantly minimize your intake of these foods and beverages Yet some of these foods, such as berries and vegetables, are good for you and should not be avoided. How, then, can you maintain a healthy diet and keep your teeth their whitest?
Keeping Your Teeth White
You can help keep your teeth white and bright by drinking some beverages through a straw. Brushing your teeth with mildly abrasive toothpastes after every meal and snack can also help keep your teeth white. Visiting your dentist for your biannual oral maintenance will help to avoid serious staining.
Even with your best efforts, it may be impossible to avoid all staining. When you do have stains or discoloration, a cosmetic dentistry solution such as teeth whitening or even porcelain veneers can be used to restore your teeth to their most brilliant appearance.
To find out more about teeth whitening procedures, contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to arrange a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.