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The Top 3 Ways to Stain Your Smile

Working hard to get a beautiful white smile can help your teeth look great. Once you’ve whitened your smile, there are specific steps you should take to help your results last as long as possible. Here are three things not to do if you want to keep your teeth white:

Drink Red Wine, Coffee, Tea, or Soda

Dark liquids from beverages like red wine or coffee are especially prone to deposit stains across your teeth. They also cause stain on artificial tooth surfaces like porcelain veneers, crowns, and dentures. Drinking through a straw can reduce the chance of stain accumulation. If you do need to indulge, rinse your mouth with water soon after, or brush your teeth if possible. 

Use Tobacco

Whether it’s an occasional cigar or a pack of cigarettes each day, smoking (or even the use of dip tobacco) is a sure way to darken the color of your teeth. Not only that, but it also increases your risk of oral cancer, gum disease, halitosis, and tooth loss.

Skip Your Dental Check-ups

Preventive dental cleanings remove calcified buildup across your teeth. It also provides an ample time to buff away (polish) surface stains that accumulate between check-ups. The longer you wait to have your teeth cleaned, the deeper the stains begin to form.

The type of whitening treatment you use should fit the specific needs of your individual smile. Remember, a professionally fitted or applied whitening treatment will lift deeper, darker stains than products purchased over the counter. Ask your dentist which whitening treatment is right for you for a bright smile that lasts for years.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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