No one likes stained teeth. Healthy, pearly-whites represent youth, beauty, and friendliness. To keep your own smile as bright as possible, avoid these five major causes of tooth discoloration.
Pigments found naturally in some of your favorite foods may be to blame for your darkening teeth. The most common culprits are:
Cut back on how often you eat these foods or switch to lighter-colored alternatives.
Tobacco products are notorious tooth-stainers. The desire to get a whiter smile could be the boost you need to quit if you’ve used tobacco until now.
Some mouth rinses contain antibacterial agents that will leave dark stains on tooth enamel. Cetylpyridinium chloride is often found in alcohol-free mouthwash. Chlorhexidine gluconate is a powerful antigingivitis prescription rinse. Both of these substances can cause some annoying brown buildup on your enamel.
Tooth color is largely determined by your individual ratio of dentin to enamel. Enamel is the outer layer that obscures dentin’s dark hue and gives teeth their whiteness. Just underneath is the dentin is the yellow material that makes up most of your tooth.
If you have more dentin than enamel, your teeth will naturally look yellow. Unfortunately, enamel wears away with time and the dentin layer gets thicker. This means that your teeth can look yellower as you get older.
Poor Oral Hygiene
Plaque is a soft deposit made up of bacteria. These germs release acids that etch and stain your enamel. So if you don’t regularly remove plaque, it can discolor your smile.
For help lightening your tooth color or removing stain, schedule a teeth whitening appointment at your local dental office.
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Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
Looking for a natural way to get whiter teeth?
Try some of these easy at-home tricks to lift stain from your enamel.
Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil
Oil-pulling doesn’t pull the color right out of teeth. But some people say that it helps reduce staining plaque when used along with brushing and flossing.
Strawberries and Baking Soda
Baking soda is a common abrasive ingredient used in whitening toothpastes. You can use it alone with water, or try the celebrity hack of mixing it with mashed strawberries for more kick (not scientifically-proven). Scrub the mixture onto your teeth then rinse well with water and follow up with a fluoride toothpaste.
CAUTION: Baking soda can wear down enamel if used too much and can also irritate gums. Strawberries may be a natural food item, but they do contain acids and sugars which can eat away enamel and trigger cavities. Don’t try this more than once or twice!
Eat Lots of Fiber
Fresh fruits and veggies are one of the best ways to wick away staining plaque while you eat. Make your carb intake based on whole grains, as well.
Calcium is key to keeping enamel strong. Without it, tooth enamel becomes porous and prone to absorbing stain. Get your calcium from dairy products or calcium-rich produce like broccoli.
Switch to Water
Never underestimate how much good water does! It naturally rinses away pigments from foods you eat throughout the day.
See Your Dentist
At the end of the day, the only way to truly whiten teeth is with the trained help of a dental expert. Your dentist can help you identify a safe and conservative way to get a brighter smile while keeping your teeth healthy and strong.
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3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
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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791 FM 1103 #119
Cibolo, TX 78108
If you love your caffeine, chances are you also battle tooth stain. Tea and coffee drinkers typically battle mild to severe stain buildup on their teeth, but giving up their favorite drink isn’t an option! Instead, here are a few easy tricks to help you limit the amount of stain buildup on our teeth.
Rinse with Water
Although rinsing with water won’t remove all of the stain particles from your teeth, it will help wash some of them away. Drinking all of your tea or coffee at once and then thoroughly rinsing your mouth with water will reduce the time that the dark liquids spend coating your teeth, even after you’ve finished your drink.
Drink Through a Straw
It might sound silly to drink coffee through a straw, but if you’ve spent time getting your teeth whiter, you want those results to last. By drinking through a straw, you limit the amount of contact time that stain particles have with your front teeth.
Touch Up Your Whitening
Wearing your whitening tray routinely will help dissolve any new stain buildup and help repel new stains from developing. Most people touch up their whitening every 6 months for about a week, but heavy coffee drinkers may need to touch up as frequently as every 3 months or so.
Just because you love coffee and tea doesn’t mean your smile has to suffer for it. See your hygienist for a preventive cleaning, which includes stain removal by polishing. Regular maintenance is an important part of keeping your smile cleaner, healthier and whiter all year long.
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2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
Just about everyone loves having their teeth polished during their dental cleanings. Polishing helps remove stain, makes the teeth feel cleaner and removes left over plaque particles. But have you ever experienced air-powered polishing? When your hygienist uses a prophyjet to polish your teeth, you can enjoy benefits like:
Prophyjets use a powdered solution that is gently blown over the surface of the teeth to lift even the heaviest of stain particles. There’s no need to use a rotary rubber cup polisher to attempt to rub off these stains. It’s perfect for people who don’t enjoy the experience of polishing or the taste of polishing paste. Air polishing is much gentler. The handpiece also warms the water solution so that as your mouth is rinsed it does not experience cold sensitivity.
Air polishing is safe to use on any of your teeth as well as around your fillings. It can help lift deep, set-in stains that have developed around grooves, pits or margins. It’s perfect to use around brackets, orthodontic wires and bonded retainers because it easily reaches all surfaces with the touch of a button. Orthodontic patients have probably never felt a better smile polish than when they’ve had their teeth cleaned with a prophyjet.
Are you curious about the prophyjet air polishing experience? If you have moderate to severe stain, were braces or crowding, then the prophyjet can dramatically improve your next dental cleaning. Ask your hygienist about having your teeth air polished during your next preventive visit!
Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
Stained teeth can make your smile look older, damage your self-confidence, and keep you from wanting to smile around other people or in photographs. There are 4 types of stains that are very common and can significantly impact your smile.
Smoking causes some of the most significant dental stain of any other source. Just a few cigarettes cause deep-set stain inside and over the tooth. Over time, smoking can make your smile look much older than it actually is.
Coffee, Tea, Soda, and Red Wine
These beverages are known to cause significant amounts of stain on the teeth. Stain usually begins on the superficial areas of the tooth, but long term stain can begin to soak deep into the enamel. Some people prefer to drink beverages through a straw in order to limit contact time with the teeth.
Although this isn’t seen as frequently, some types of medication can cause discoloration if it is taken during tooth development. Tetracycline is one of these medications, and often causes a bluish-grey hue to the tooth. Some types of vitamins also cause superficial dark stain on the outside of the tooth.
Internal staining of the tooth can occur if the nerve has been damaged. For instance, if you fall and hit the tooth and the tooth begins to die, it will slowly become more discolored. This also happens with teeth that have been treated with root canals but not restored with a porcelain crown.
Depending on the type of stain that is present, a professional cleaning can help remove it. Deeper-set stains may need professional whitening treatments to safely remove them and restore a bright appearance to your smile. During your next preventive care appointment, ask your dentist or hygienist which type of teeth whitening treatment is best for your smile needs.
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