The Most Common Questions about Tooth Staining Answered

The Most Common Questions about Tooth Staining Answered

10 Mar The Most Common Questions about Tooth Staining Answered

You have likely seen all the commercials about at-home teeth whitening options. You may have even seen some of these “magic” products on your favorite social media feed.

This can be quite appealing, especially since you may have looked at your teeth and noticed they aren’t as white as they once were or as white as you would like them to be. While most people don’t know how to “fix” this issue, they do know what causes teeth staining and the steps to take to prevent it. Keep reading to find out some of the most common questions about teeth staining.

What Causes Teeth Staining?

There are a few reasons that tooth discoloration may occur. This includes smoking, drinks, food, and other particles that impact the tooth enamel. In some cases, just aging can cause tooth discoloration.

What Are the Best Ways to Prevent Teeth Staining?

It is actually easy to prevent tooth staining. It is best to avoid some beverages and foods that will stain the teeth, stop smoking, and follow the recommended oral care routines, which includes brushing the teeth two times a day, using mouthwash, and flossing each day. It is also a good idea to chew sugar-free gum in between your meals and go to a dentist two times per year.

What Foods Can Stain the Teeth?

Foods that have bold or bright colors are the most likely to stain the teeth. This includes some berries, such as raspberries and blueberries, along with red pasta sauces and more.

What Drinks Can Stain the Teeth?

Like foods, drinks with bright or bold colors are the most likely to cause teeth staining. It is best to avoid tea, coffee, and red wines. Even some dark sodas can cause problems. If you drink these each day, then your teeth are going to darken over time.

It is important to note that teas of any color can erode the enamel. They have also been shown to stain the teeth, even green and white teas that seem harmless.

Will Braces Cause Teeth Staining?

In some cases, mild stains will be visible after braces have been taken off. In most cases, it is the way the teeth are taken care of when someone wears braces that really matters. It is a good idea to follow the other suggestions to prevent stains and don’t use any type of whitening product while braces are in place. This will ensure that certain areas of the teeth do not get whiter than the others.  

Will Charcoal Help with Teeth Staining?

Activated charcoal is trending as a way to eliminate stains because of the natural way it removes odor and toxins. In fact, it is used in everything from facial products and toothpaste to soaps and more. While it may seem like a popular method for eliminating stains, most dentists agree that it is not worth the potential negative side effects that it can cause. There are also no proven results that it is effective.

Don’t Wait to Get Help for Tooth Stains

When it comes to tooth stains, it is important to address them as soon as they occur. With the information here, it should be clear what should and should not be done. It is also a good idea to work with your dentist to learn more.

Daniel Allen, DDS

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