Teeth whitening products and treatments can be costly and time consuming. If you don’t have clean teeth, you may be embarrassed to smile and approach new people. People who have bright white teeth are usually more confident and happy. We like to educate patients about the causes of teeth discoloration and prevent it rather then try to cure it. It is easy to prevent discoloration of your teeth when you are proactive about your health.

Here is a quick guide to help you understand the causes of stained teeth.

Food
Teeth are made of porous enamel, which means that dark colored foods such as blueberries, coffee and red wine can seep into the pores. Frequently eating dark colored foods and beverages can stain your teeth over time. High acidic foods are a main culprit to discoloration of the teeth. An easy way to remember what foods cause teeth to stain over time is to consider if the food would stain a carpet. If it would ruin your carpet it can be damaging to your precious white teeth. But fear not, you do not have to cut out your favorite foods, rather enjoy them moderately and make sure to rinse your mouth out with water after each meal. Brush your teeth twice a day will help prevent discoloration as well.

Poor Oral Hygiene
Natural environmental influences such as smoke, second hand smoke, the foods we eat and drink can all contribute to teeth discoloration. But when we have poor health habits and do not brush our teeth daily the teeth will change color very quickly. Practicing proper oral care habits will help your overall health. By maintaining a regular routine of brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist twice a year will help prevent larger health issues from occurring.

Diseases
Many people do not realize that their overall health is connected to their oral health. Which means some disease can actually cause teeth discoloration. Some health conditions are known to affect the tooth’s enarment and dentin, which is the inner layer of the tooth. Certain treatments involving radiation can help. See your Dentist and Doctor for more details.

Tips to Prevent Teeth Staining
1. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day

2. Avoid and limit foods and beverages that can cause stains.

3. Rinse your mouth with water after each meal.

4. Stop smoking and chewing on tobacco.

5. Use over the counter whitening products.

6. Visit the dentist every six months for checkups and cleaning.