Teeth whitening is one of the most common procedures people undergo when visiting Dr. Robert P. Sherman for cosmetic dentistry purposes. While the whitening process at our office here in Leawood, Kansas is effective, you can do more to keep your smile shining if you identify the root causes of discoloration on your teeth.
Certain foods like chocolate, tomato sauce, and dark berries can have staining compounds that can cause surface stains. Using a whitening toothpaste as part of your oral hygiene routine can reduce surface stains caused by these foods.
Dark beverages, like coffee, tea, and soft drinks can also cause significant stains. Whitening toothpaste or strips will help reduce surface stains provided by these products before they penetrate deep into the enamel. At the same time, you can still enjoy these beverages. Just be sure to drink them through a straw.
Tobacco use can also introduce tar and other staining chemicals to your mouth. These things can quickly and deeply penetrate tooth enamel to cause significant staining issues. You should talk to your primary physician to find the cessation method that’s right for you.
This isn’t a list of everything that can stain your teeth, but it should give you a solid idea of what to avoid and what to consume more of to help your smile gleam for as long as possible.
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