The smile is a wonderful thing. We smile when we’re happy, and one great smile beckons another!There’s no denying that a great smile goes a long way to promote happiness in our everyday lives. Unfortunately, tooth stains are actively trying to dim our radiant grins. Stains are a pain! Luckily, there are a few precautions we can take to prevent stains from forming on our teeth.

Tooth stains can develop from eating certain foods and insufficient dental care. Use these 3 tips to fight off stains:

Be cautious of stain-starters

There are several different foods that are more likely to cause tooth stains. Generally deeply colored foods can potentially stain your teeth, as the color is more difficult to clean off than other foods. These stain-heavy foods include:

  1. Coffee and Tea
  2. Soda
  3. Wine
  4. Berries
  5. Candy

Excessive consumption of these stain-starters can lead to teeth discoloration and staining if you’re not careful. Finding substitutes and drinking water after eating or drinking these items are two great ways to prevent stains from forming. With certain foods, it might actually be better to avoid brushing your teeth immediately after eating. Acidic food or beverages can leave your tooth enamel vulnerable to scrapes and scratches for up to 30 minutes, which could actually increase the risk of developing stained teeth in the future. Be sure to wait about an hour after eating acidic foods before brushing your teeth.

Avoid tobacco usage

Chewing or smoking tobacco can cause several health problems for your teeth and gums, including staining. Tobacco consumption increases the risk of staining and accelerates the development of already forming stains. Also, teeth whitening becomes significantly less effective when teeth have been stained due to tobacco usage.

Regularly get your teeth cleaned

Schedule a professional teeth cleaning with your dentist every six months, that’s only two times a year. Plaque buildup can encourage tooth stains, and sometimes regular brushing does not get rid of all of the plaque that it should. A professional cleaning helps prevent stains by eliminating the remaining plaque that your home toothbrush may have left behind. A professional cleaning could include a detailed flossing and polishing, which will keep your smile as bright as ever by fighting off long term staining.

If you have stained teeth, don’t worry! The Sugarland Dental Spa offers the Zoom! Teeth Whitening treatment to restore and whiten discolored teeth. To find out more information about the Zoom! Teeth Whitening treatment and our other dental services, please contact us to schedule a consultation at Sugarland Dental Spa.