Are tooth stains marring your smile confidence? Your pearly whites are susceptible to discoloration and staining from the foods you eat and drink. Something to remember is that if a food or drink can stain your clothing, it can also do the same to your tooth enamel.
So what can you do if you absolutely love your daily cup of coffee or drinking cranberry juice with your breakfast? Do you enjoy blueberries for dessert or beets with your lunch? Don’t worry, you don’t have to give them up to enjoy whiter teeth. You can simply take the following protective measures to limit staining your teeth. Dr. Michael McBride and our team in San Marcos, California are happy to share the following tips to help you keep a bright smile:
How to Prevent Tooth Discoloration
Step 1- The first line of defense is cleaning your teeth after eating or drinking staining foods. Take a moment to brush and floss your smile by removing oral residue. Using an antibacterial mouthwash can also help prevent plaque from forming on your pearly whites and making them susceptible to sticking stains.
Step 2- To enjoy the drinks you love that also stain your smile, you can use a straw to limit staining. This works for fruit juices or soda, iced lattes or your favorite tea. A straw will help keep the staining agents from discoloring the visible areas of your teeth.
Step 3- If you need yet another reason to give up tobacco, here is one. Tobacco is notorious for staining teeth. Not only does it affect your body’s health but it also affects the look and health of your smile.
Step 4- Regularly scheduled dental cleanings will go a long way to keeping your smile vibrant. They will also allow us to assist you in maintaining healthy, beautiful teeth.
Seriously, you don’t need to give up your favorite spaghetti sauce or wine with dinner, all you need to do is know how to protect your smile as you enjoy your lifestyle. Even aging can make teeth less bright as your tooth enamel gets thinner and the underlying dentin becomes darker with time. With our tooth whitening treatment, your smile can be good as new.
Our McBride team in San Marcos, California is here to help you keep your smile healthy and vibrant. If you have questions or want to schedule a teeth whitening treatment with our team, please call 760-471-1003 today!