Over time, a variety of factors can lead to our teeth becoming stained. We can then feel embarrassed about our appearance and even take measures to hide our smiles from the world. Instead, why not take steps to help avoid discoloration? With a few preventive measures you can reduce the severity of teeth stains.
Common Questions About Avoiding Discoloration
Question: Will brushing help?
Answer: Yes. When you brush your teeth you not only remove bits of food, but also control the severity of plaque buildup. Otherwise, plaque can make discoloration more apparent. You should always brush twice a day, once when you wake up and again before going to bed. Each session should last two minutes and allow you to reach every surface of the teeth. Use a toothpaste containing fluoride and a brush with soft bristles (brushing too hard with medium or hard bristles can potentially damage enamel).
Question: Do I need to floss?
Answer: Brushing can’t reach the bits of food between the teeth. To limit plaque buildup and avoid serious discoloration you should also floss daily before going to bed.
Question: Does it matter what I eat and drink?
Answer: Yes. Foods and drinks with staining agents, such as berries, tea, red wine, coffee, and soda, can lead to unsightly brown or yellow stains. To combat this, reduce consumption of them and drink more water. You can also rinse your mouth with after after eating/drinking.
Question: What are other habits that can stain teeth?
Answer: A major cause of teeth stains is smoking. Cigarettes and other tobacco products can stain teeth, exacerbate gum disease, and even increase the likelihood of oral cancer developing. In short, we always urge our patients to stop smoking or using tobacco immediately. If you have any questions about preventing discoloration then please contact our office today.