How to Avoid Tooth Stains

Whiter teeth are something almost everyone wants. There are hundreds of products and procedures on the market to provide whiter teeth. Some are as simple as strips that are applied to teeth that whiten in minutes a day. Others require a trip to the dentist for a professional whitening that shows really dramatic results. What dental patients needs to think about is how to avoid tooth stains to keep from needing to whiten their teeth in the first place or to help maintain the results of the whitening treatments.
There are many drinks and liquids that cause tooth stains. These are common products that are a part of most people’s daily lives, but avoiding these items can be a big step in learning how to avoid tooth stains. One of the worst offenders is black coffee. Many people start off their day by heading for the coffee pot. Coffee can certainly stain your teeth. Take a look inside an older coffee mug and see the difference there. The blacker the coffee, the worse the stain will be. If milk is added to the coffee the staining will not be as bad. The best option is to not drink a high volume of coffee or to brush your teeth immediately after drinking.
Other food or drink items that can stain teeth are red wine, teas, colas, cranberry juice, soy sauce, popsicles, balsamic vinegar, blueberries, tomato sauce, beets and curry. These foods are okay in moderate amounts, but they can still cause discoloration and it is essential to learn how to avoid tooth stains. For any of them, rinsing the mouth with water and then brushing the teeth is the best course of action. Stains can be prevented with the drinks by not sipping the drinks for long periods of time. Drinking through a straw can also help minimize stains.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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