No doubt you have seen the advertisements for over the counter teeth whitening kits and strips, or have read about some new, innovative way to whitening your teeth. You have probably also heard that your dentist also offers teeth whitening services by appointment.
If you have ever noticed they your teeth don’t seem to look as white as they once were or even if you have always wanted whiter teeth, professional services will only get you so far if you don’t understand what teeth staining is and how you can minimize its effects in your life.
There are a lot of things in our modern lives that cause discoloration and stains on our teeth such as ceratin drinks, food, smoking, oral care habits, particles inside the enamel of your teeth, and just getting older.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is especially true when talking about teeth staining. Saying no to specific foods and drinks that are known to discolor your teeth, quitting smoking or chewing tobacco, maintaining good oral care habits such as brushing your teeth two times a day, using mouthwash, flossing regularly, and visiting your dentist San Marcos dental professionals at least two times a year will all help you keep your teeth as white as possible.
Any foods that are brightly colored are the ones most prone to staining your teeth. Marinara sauce, berries like blackberries and strawberries, and colorful curries can all play a role in the discoloration of your teeth.
If you want to preserve your pearly whites, pass on tea, coffee, red wine, artificially colored drinks such as Kool-Aid, and even brown soda. The more you consume these they more they will dull your smile.
There are three different types of teeth staining. These are age-related stains, under the surface stains, and surface stains. All three of these can be improved by a professional teeth whitening treatment.
At McBride Dental, we provide a full range of dental services that help our patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. Only through routine dental appointments and diligent oral care can you keep your teeth healthy and functional.
The professional staff at the San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are able to answer any questions you may have regarding cosmetic or restorative dentistry, as well as various common dental procedures.
We can assist you in establishing good oral health habits to ensure that your teeth are always there when you need them and your smile always looks perfect.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a member of our dental staff today.