What Steps to Take to Avoid Foods Staining Your Teeth

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A dazzling white smile is one thing that will always maintain its appeal. Whether through teeth whitening or preventive measures, patients are always in search of the best methods for preventing teeth staining and discoloration. At Shining Smiles Family Dentistry in Marietta, we have some suggestions for keeping your teeth gleaming and in the best shape.

7 Easy Steps to Prevent Teeth Staining

1. Make Changes to Your Diet

Many of the most popular foods and drinks we all enjoy daily have an unfortunate downside. When they are consumed regularly, coffee, tea, soy sauce, red wine, blueberries, juices and many more items can sadly cause staining. If white teeth are a priority try limiting your intake of these foods, plus add some foods that protect your teeth, such as apples, celery, water, milk, fish and yogurt.

2. Improve Your Approach to Oral Hygiene

Are you brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing? This approach is the foundation of good oral hygiene, but you can also make some extra improvements. Remember to replace your toothbrush regularly, use mouthwash – and arrange regular visits with your dentist.

3. Drink With a Straw

While it won’t be possible for all drinks, using a straw for soda and iced drinks can limit staining. Straws reduce contact between the liquid and your front teeth, helping to keep the most visible teeth free from stains.

4. Get Your Teeth Whitened

Teeth whitening will not prevent teeth staining from foods, but it does bring unexpected benefits. Along with giving you a bright white smile, it also makes many patients more conscious of their food choices. When you see a perfect smile in the mirror each morning, you may be more likely to take extra steps to maintain it. Getting your teeth cleaned by a dentist can also offer this benefit.

5. Rinse Your Mouth With Water

After eating foods that stain teeth, try to remember to rinse your mouth with water. Briefly rinsing or swishing with water can remove many staining particles before they settle. While this method can’t protect your teeth completely, it will reduce the impact of the chemical compounds in foods that can stain.

6. Avoid Smoking

There are several health issues with smoking, and stained teeth are one visible side effect. The staining is due to the nicotine and tar from tobacco being absorbed into the pores of the teeth, where it then causes discoloration.

7. Schedule Regular Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings are an important way to maintain healthy teeth. During an appointment your dentist will remove plaque and tartar, along with some of the stains, that can harm the health and appearance of your smile.

Contact Us for Teeth Whitening and Dental Cleanings in Marietta

Shining Smiles Family Dentistry is the leading provider of teeth whitening, family dentistry and cosmetic dental treatments in Marietta. To schedule a visit at our dental practice, call (770) 420-8550 or request an appointment today.

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