A number of factors could cause our teeth to become stained, leaving us self-conscious about our smile’s appearance. Normally, we offer professional whitening to break up stains and brighten teeth by several shades. However, since you’re at home, you’ll need to focus on changes to your daily routines to help your teeth stay bright, and your Redmond, OR, dentist has a few ideas!
The Causes of Dental Discoloration
Multiple factors could cause our teeth to develop unsightly stains. For example, when we consume drinks with dark pigments or tannins, such as tea, red wine, soda, or coffee, this could cause discoloration. Foods high in sugar and starch could leave behind particles for bacteria to consume, which creates plaque buildup and in turn, makes discoloration more visible (along with increasing the risk for cavities and gum disease). Cigarettes and other tobacco products also stain the teeth, as does a lack of proper homecare, such as brushing and flossing.
Tips for Better Homecare
Understanding the causes of discolored teeth can help you make decisions that allow you to keep them brighter until you can see us for professional cosmetic treatments, like teeth whitening. For example, cut back on drinks with tannins and if you do enjoy one, rinse with water to help cleanse away the dark pigments. Each more fresh fruits and veggies, as they not only contain essential nutrients, but could help scrub away plaque as you consume them. Cut back on sugary and starchy foods, and if you do have an occasional treat, rinse with water afterward. Be sure you brush your teeth when you wake up and again before bed for about two minutes, and also floss every night before bed too. These actions remove trapped food particles and help safeguard your smile.
What About Store Bought Options?
We urge caution when it comes to over-the-counter treatments. For example, whitening strips are effective, but have been known to cause tooth sensitivity. In addition, toothpaste with whitening agents could be abrasive and actually damage enamel, leading to a higher risk of tooth sensitivity. Also, watch out for commonly recommended home remedies, like oil pulling and charcoal toothpaste. Not only to they offer minor results, but they could cause a serious stomachache for some people! Instead, practice good oral hygiene, and as soon as we can, we will offer treatment to help you enjoy a brighter and more attractive smile.
Do You Have Questions About Keeping Teeth Bright?
Just because we can’t whiten your teeth for the moment, doesn’t mean you have to develop severely stained teeth. To learn more about avoiding dental discoloration or keeping smiles healthy from home, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.