If you enjoy tooth-staining foods regularly and are torn between your taste buds and a bright smile, there are ways to prevent tooth enamel from discoloring your pearly whites when you eat and drink.
Dr. and our team in , understand that enjoying your daily coffee or cranberry juice with breakfast is important even though these beverages can stain teeth. Check out the following ways you can limit tooth stains without changing your lifestyle.
–Using a straw: Sipping staining beverages from a straw can effectively limit their ability to discolor your teeth. Straws allow you to continue drinking your favorite fruit juices, soda, lattes, or tea. Not only that but drinking through a straw will help keep them from discoloring the visible areas of your smile while also preventing tooth sensitivity.
–Brush, floss and use mouthwash: By removing oral debris after eating or drinking staining foods helps limit their ability to discolor enamel. Cleaning removes lingering staining agents while rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash helps prevent plaque from developing. Plaque is that sticky substance in the mouth that allows staining agents a foothold to cling to.
–Six-month dental cleanings: Professional dental cleanings are indispensable when it comes to a healthy smile. These cleanings let us remove hardened plaque which otherwise provides a surface that stains can adhere to.
–Say NO to tobacco: Okay, so this is the one tooth staining habit we do recommend quitting. Tobacco stains are notorious no matter whether you chew it or smoke it. Tobacco is unhealthy for your smile and or your body. Fortunately, there are tobacco cessation programs available to help you quit. Talk to your doctor if you would like to know more and your smile will thank you!
Our Alamogordo Dental Group team is here to help you keep your smile its healthiest. We also offer teeth whitening options for our patients in , who need help brightening their smiles. We invite you to call today to find out more or to schedule an appointment.