How to Avoid Getting Stains on Your Teeth

How to Avoid Getting Stains on Your Teeth

To keep your smile white, especially after whitening treatments performed by your dentist, it is important to know which foods can help and which foods to watch out for to reduce the risk of staining and discoloration.

When you eat certain foods, the composition of the food creates a type of gentle scrubbing against the surface of the teeth to help remove plaque, stimulate saliva production, and keep stains at bay. Celery, carrots, cauliflower, and apples are just some of these special foods that can help keep teeth clean.

A good rule to follow when it comes to foods and beverages is that if it can stain your clothes, it can stain your teeth too. Wine, dark juices, coffee, tea, and soda are some of the beverages that can stain your teeth. Tooth-staining foods include soy sauce, tomatoes and tomato sauce, berries, and beets. If you enjoy these foods and beverages, rinse your mouth when you are done to reduce the staining effect. You can also drink through a straw to reduce the amount of liquid that touches the teeth.

Daily brushing and flossing of teeth at home combined with regular dental exams and professional cleanings can also reduce the risk of stains.

If you experience stains, you might benefit from a whitening treatment from our West Hollywood cosmetic dentist. Call for an appointment for more information and to find out which treatments can most help improve the appearance of your smile.