5 Habits Behind Discoloration

Do you have an otherwise beautiful smile marred by yellow or brown stains? Over time, stains can form on our smiles as a result of multiple factors. Many of our habits can lead to discoloration, from the drinks we consume to the way we care for our teeth.

How Do Our Habits Impact Discoloration?

  1. What Foods Lead to Staining? When we consume foods or snacks high in sugar and other starches, bacteria can break down the particles and cause plaque buildup to occur. Plaque not only inflames gums and weakens tooth enamel, but the sticky biofilm also makes stains more apparent. We urge patients to cut back on these foods and instead eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products, and nuts.
  2. Will Certain Drinks Cause Discoloration? Yes. Drinks with dark pigments, such as coffee, soda, tea, red wine, and even fruit juice can make stains more likely. Instead, try drinking water. There are no staining agents or sugar, which protects your smile from both teeth stains and tooth decay.
  3. What If I Smoke? If you some or use tobacco products, then stains are more likely to appear. However, smoking also increases the risk of oral cancer, as well as lung and throat cancer. We always advise patients that smoke to quit immediately.
  4. Will Brushing and Flossing Help? Yes! When you brush and floss, you help reduce the severity of plaque, which can allow your teeth to appear brighter. You need to brush your teeth in the morning and before you go to bed. You also need to floss before going to bed as well.
  5. Should I have My Teeth Cleaned? While brushing and flossing can help reduce the amount of plaque on your teeth, only a cleaning can completely remove the buildup. To keep your smile bright, you should schedule routine dental cleanings every six months.

Do You Want a Brighter Smile?

We can employ cosmetic treatments to help remove discoloration and brighten your smile. For more information about our treatments, from Invisalign braces to dental implants, contact our team today. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.