Tooth stains can happen over time if you regularly consume dark foods and beverages. Teeth can also darken with age as enamel thins and the darker dentin shows through. When it comes to tooth discoloration from foods and drinks, there are things you can do to limit exposure to stains.
Dr. Stuart Graber and our team in Purchase, New York realize that enjoying your daily coffee or cranberry juice with breakfast is important to you even if they stain teeth. To help with this we would like to offer the following ways you can limit tooth stains without changing your lifestyle.
Use a Straw
Sipping staining beverages from a straw limits the time they spend on your pearly whites. Straws let you drink your favorite fruit juices, soda, lattes, or teas without staining them. Not only that but drinking through a straw can also prevent tooth sensitivity from exposure to temperature extremes.
Brush, Floss, and Use Mouthwash
By removing oral debris after eating or drinking staining foods effectively limits their ability to discolor your tooth 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 way to cling to tooth enamel.
See Your Dentist
Six-month professional dental cleanings are indispensable when it comes to a healthy smile. They let us remove hardened plaque which otherwise provides a surface that stains can adhere to.
Say No to Tobacco
Tobacco cessation is an option we recommend to our patients when it comes to your oral health. Not only does tobacco promote oral cancer, but tobacco stains are notorious whether you chew it or smoke it. 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 OneDent of Westchester team is here to help you keep your smile its healthiest. We also offer teeth whitening options for our patients in Purchase, New York who need help brightening their smiles. Please give us a call at 914-750-4376 today to find out more or to schedule your appointment. We are here for you!