Are you tired of the dull and discolored appearance of your teeth? Perhaps you’re wondering if there’s something that you’re doing that causes tooth stains. Sometimes our teeth can stain for reasons beyond our control, but for the most part, tooth stains are preventable and treatable. Our practice offers professional teeth whitening treatments and white restorations to help you improve your smile. Following are five common causes of dental stains.
Inadequate Oral Hygiene
Maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine is one way to keep your pearly whites bright and vibrant. Foregoing recommended daily oral hygiene, however, leads to the development of stains. Controlling surface debris like plaque and tartar will help prevent your teeth from looking yellowed and dull.
Chewing tobacco and smoking cigars or cigarettes can cause deep, permanent staining. Since tobacco use contributes to a number of health issues along with a dulled smile, it’s best to kick your habit to the curb. Professional teeth whitening is a great way to reverse stains caused by tobacco products.
Dark Beverages and Foods
Are you a wine or coffee drinker? Perhaps, you’re a fan of beets and berries. All of these items cause permanent dental stains, particularly if you consume them on a frequent basis. If you do enjoy dark-colored foods and beverages, we encourage you to do so in moderation. Consider using a straw to keep dark liquids like wine from the surfaces of your teeth.
Antibiotics and too much fluoride can discolor teeth – particularly among children. These types of stains cause discoloration inside teeth and, therefore, are typically treated with tooth-colored restorations and cosmetic enhancements like bonding treatments or porcelain veneers.
Age and Tooth Wear
Time does a number on our teeth. As we age, teeth will begin to look dull and even yellow. Teeth can also take on a grayish appearance. Tooth wear associated with getting older exposes the dentin to teeth-staining particles and surface debris. Age-related stains can be improved with professional teeth whitening treatments and tooth-colored restorations or veneers. If you have questions about our cosmetic services, call Bliss Dental to schedule a smile makeover consultation with our dentist.