A great smile is a key piece of a good first impression. Unfortunately, yellowish stains and discoloration can detract from your appearance, and like it or not, people will probably notice.
Dr. Nikki Green’s Fort Worth dental office offers teeth whitening and other treatments designed to increase the appearance of your smile, but like you, she’s interested in preventing problems from ever developing in the first place!
Understanding some of the most common culprits when it comes to stains can help you avoid them – or at least make an educated decision about what you choose to eat and drink.
Which Drinks Cause Problems?
Just about any dark beverage can stain your teeth. Colas, teas, coffee, red wine, and even fruit juice are all known to cause problems. Of course, the occasional sip isn’t going to cause a problem, but many people drink coffee and tea as part of their daily morning ritual and continue to sip colas throughout the day. Let’s be honest – how many cups of coffee do you drink in a day?
When you smile at yourself in the mirror, you probably see smooth, shiny teeth, but looks can be deceiving. Your teeth actually have multiple microscopic nooks and crannies, and when you drink coffee or another dark-colored beverage, the pigments from the drink can actually get trapped in the ridges and pits in your teeth. Over time, these pigments build up until they are easily seen by the naked eye.
What About Food?
Just like the beverages listed above, some foods contain pigments that are likely to stain your teeth. Berries, curry, tomato sauce, and chocolate are on the list of problematic foods. The main difference, however, is that you are far less likely to nurse a cup of tomato sauce all day!
How Can I Prevent Staining?
So does this mean that you have to give up your morning cup of Joe? Not necessarily. Although switching coffee for clear water will definitely reduce staining, we’re betting that this isn’t exactly the solution you want to hear!
To continue enjoying coffee and tea, try to drink it in one sitting and limit the amount you are drinking. For instance, take an actual coffee break instead of keeping an endless mug next to your keyboard. After you finish your coffee, rinse your mouth well with water (for bonus points, brush your teeth!). The same goes for staining foods. After you enjoy them, rinse well and brush as soon as you are able.
If your teeth are already stained, call Fort Worth Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Green to discuss teeth whitening and other cosmetic treatments.
Would you like more suggestions on keeping your teeth clean and free from stains? Call (817) 737-6601 today to schedule a cleaning and examination.