No matter how well you clean your teeth, you will likely end up with dental stains over time. This may look like yellowing teeth, graying teeth, or teeth with brown or white spots. Remember that dental staining is normal to some extent, but if you have causes for concern like pain or discomfort, contact our team immediately.
At Covington Family Dentistry, we have a variety of remedies for dental staining such as teeth whitening or bonding. In addition to consulting our team about stain correction, there are some things you can do at home to prevent and treat dental staining.
What Causes Dental Stains?
If it would stain your hands or clothes, there’s a good chance it will stain your teeth. Foods like blueberries and beets are some of the harshest stain offenders. You should also be mindful of sauce on your foods. Things like tomato sauce and soy sauce are both highly acidic for teeth, and can lead to discoloration and staining.
Not to ruin your day, but drinking coffee is a main cause of dental stains. Don’t worry— later we’ll talk about how you can keep it in your daily routine. The bad news is that there are many beverages that have a tendency to stain your teeth. Tea and soda are also not great for your teeth, as well as grape or cranberry juice. Wine also leads to stains and, unfortunately, both red and white wine are guilty.
As you age, so do your teeth. When this happens, the white enamel on the surface of your teeth wears down. This allows the yellow core of your teeth to become more visible. This does not necessarily mean your teeth are unhealthy and is often just a natural side effect of age.
Medication and More
Medication may discolor teeth, especially in children younger than eight. Certain antibiotics, mouthwashes, antihistamines, antipsychotic drugs and high blood pressure medicine may lead to staining for all ages.
So, Do I Have to Give Up Coffee?
No! While ingesting less coffee may help with staining, there are ways to mitigate the damage. If you’re drinking iced coffee, sipping through a straw helps bypass your teeth and prevent discoloration. You can also try to drink your coffee relatively quickly instead of sipping it over time, and rinse with water afterwards. More ways to treat discolored teeth include regular brushing and flossing, over-the-counter whitening strips, or other in-home treatments. You can also contact Covington Dentistry for longer-lasting solutions. We offer professional whitening treatments, bonding treatments, and even veneers.
Make Your Appointment Today!
Ready for whiter teeth? We can help! Our experienced team of dentists and hygienists will help you make a plan to reverse staining and have the shining smile you want. It’s our goal to make cosmetic dentistry accessible to the Covington, Oxford and Conyers areas and we hope you’ll inquire about our affordable whitening services.
You can get started with our office as early as today! Get in touch with the Covington team by calling 678-306-6000 or simply filling out our online contact form.