Many of the foods and drinks we consume everyday have the potential to stain our teeth. Everything from the berries you eat with your oatmeal in the morning to the soy sauce you dunk your sushi in a night can discolor your teeth. Our Huntsville cosmetic and family dentist, Dr. Angela Wright Brown, suggests that one of they key ways to prevent or reduce the yellowing affect of certain foods and drinks is to take proper care of your teeth. We put together a few of the most common teeth staining culprits below and how you can prevent intense discoloring of your teeth.
However, as stains build-up over time, simply brushing and flossing properly may not be enough to get rid of long-term yellowing. As a cosmetic dentistry in Huntsville, AL, at Healthy Smiles P.C. we offer professional teeth whitening services in Huntsville, AL to rid your teeth of old stains and brighten your smile.
With their rich coloring, berries, including blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries, can easily stain your teeth. Whether you eat them fresh or baked in a pie, berries of all kinds cause discoloration. Rather than giving up these berries that are high in nutrients and vitamins, we recommend simply brushing and flossing your teeth well after eating them to try and reduce the stains.
Many of the sauces we use in everyday cooking contribute to the discoloring of your teeth. Dark-pigmented sauces, such as balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or tomato sauce, are the biggest culprits of staining our teeth. Similar to berries, we don’t want our Huntsville orthodontic patients to stop eating foods that are healthy and nutrient-rich just to avoid these sauces. So you are able to still enjoy them, it is important to squish water through your teeth and mouth after consuming them so the sauce does not site on the tooth enamel.
Have you ever left coffee or tea out overnight in a white mug and noticed the dark stained ring it leaves on the inside? Think of the inside of that white mug as your teeth. Often, we drink coffee or tea in the morning or right before bed after we have already brushed our teeth. This means that staining qualities in these beverages are staying on your teeth for hours throughout the day or night and causing yellowing. If you do choose to enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea, be sure to enjoy it in one sitting rather than sipping it throughout the day and then rinse your mouth with water to cut down on the staining effect.
Healthy Smiles P.C. provides state-of-the-art cosmetic and family dentistry in Huntsville, AL, including veneers, teeth cleanings, root canals, and crowns and bridges. We offer a variety of advanced teeth whitening treatments to bring back your pearly whites. For those with sensitive teeth, one our methods is a gentle, hydrogen peroxide gel-activated solution that whitens your teeth in just one visit. If you have any further questions about teeth whitening, or our other family and cosmetic dentistry services, feel free to contact us. To schedule a teeth-whitening appointment with us, please fill out our online form or give us a call today! We look forward to seeing you soon!