How to Keep Your Teeth Free from Stains
Teeth naturally darken over time, but what you eat and drink may have a bigger effect on your smile. Any substance that can stain fabric is also likely to stain your teeth, which are porous and capable of wicking stains deep inside the dentin, or the underlying layer. Beets, blueberries, grape juice, soda, tea, coffee and wine are all common offenders. However, some foods can have the opposite effect and help you keep your smile gorgeous and stain-free.
Some of the best stain-fighting snacks include:
• Hard cheese
These foods help keep your teeth brighter because they mechanically scrub teeth and help stimulate saliva flow, which neutralizes acids and rinses away debris. Another way to cut down on stains is to use a straw when you drink staining beverages. This minimizes contact between the liquid and your teeth. Rinse with water immediately after eating or drinking to counteract oral acid and flush bacteria and debris, and wait about half an hour to brush to avoid damaging your dental enamel.
The right foods and dental habits can help keep your teeth healthy and attractive, but you may need to take additional steps to maximize your smile’s appearance. Regular cleanings and checkups should be scheduled twice a year, and tooth bleaching may also be appropriate for some patients. Tooth bleaching whitens the stains that have discolored the deeper layers of the teeth where superficial cleaning cannot reach. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our Northridge cosmetic dentist.