Stain can be a frustrating thing to deal with. Dental staining can make your teeth look aged and unhealthy and cause you to lose confidence in your smile. Learning what the primary causes of stain are and how to combat staining can help you to maintain a clean and sparkling smile.
Where Does Stain Come From?
Your teeth are very porous. This means that they have microscopic channels all over their surface. where stain can accumulate. These teeth are prone to absorbing pigment from dark-colored foods and drinks. Even small ridges in the surface of a tooth can collect stain over time.
The Chief Causes
Stain is often caused by common beverages like:
These drinks all contain strong dark pigments and when your teeth are frequently exposed to them, stain will build up. You might start to think twice about that 3rd cup of coffee in the morning!
What Can Be Done to Fight Stain?
Many people first try out products such as whitening toothpastes, which are advertised to provide cosmetic benefits. These may help some individuals to prevent further stain buildup, but don’t easily remove the stain that is already embedded deep within the tooth enamel. Also, the products in whitening toothpastes are often abrasive to the teeth or harsh to the gums and are more likely to cause sensitivity than they are to effectively whiten.
You can also prevent stain from accumulating by drinking your favorite beverages through a straw.
Deep stain that rests in grooves and ridges of teeth can easily be removed with the specialized tools used by your hygienist during a professional dental cleaning. The deeper stain can only be lifted with professional tooth whitening treatments.
Schedule a smile evaluation with your dentist to find out how you can erase long-term stain from your smile!
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