How important is a beautiful smile to you? It should be very important. Your smile is often the first thing someone new will notice about you. It is way to communicate joy, express happiness, and exude confidence.
Here at Advanced Dental of Las Cruces, we know the value of a beautiful smile, and we also know that discoloration is a common problem. You don’t have to put up with stained teeth, though. Not only can staining be prevented, it can be reversed.
The Notorious Teeth Stainers
Coffee – It is no secret that years of regular coffee drinking will dim your smile a few shades, sometimes severely yellowing your teeth. Coffee contains the two big culprits when it comes to tooth discoloration, acid and dark pigment.
The acid in coffee weakens the enamel protecting your teeth, making it soft and welcoming to the dark pigments. Eventually, enough of the pigmentation from coffee will get stuck to your enamel to change its color.
There are some benefits to drinking coffee. In fact, a recent study suggests coffee might contain antibacterials that fight the dental caries that cause tooth decay. So, you do not necessarily need to cut coffee completely out of your diet, especially if you enjoy it.
To minimize to staining effects of coffee, do not sip on constantly throughout the day. Instead, drink a cup in one sitting and then follow it up with a large glass of water. It is also a good idea to eat a healthy snack when drinking coffee because the saliva produced from chewing will neutralize the stain causing acid.
Red Wine – Coffee isn’t the only adult beverage that can stain your teeth. Red wine also has acid and dark pigments, which means it can darken you smile over time. Like coffee, red wine has some health benefits, especially for your heart.
The key to protecting your teeth from red wine stains is moderation. If you drink red wine in excess, the negative effects of alcohol will trump the health benefits anyway, so doctors recommend a glass a day for heart health. And like coffee, you should drink plenty of water along with the wine.
You may be inclined to brush your teeth right after drinking red wine, but to do so is not wise. Since your enamel is weakened by the acid in red wine, brushing too soon could damage your teeth. It is a better idea to brush your teeth before drinking red wine, or coffee for that matter, because it will remove plaque from your teeth, and plaque causes acid and pigmentation to stick to your teeth.
Dark Vegetables and Berries – It’s undeniable that eating fruit is, in general, a healthy practice. Blueberries, blackberries, and beets are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that have wonderful health benefits. But they are also loaded with acid and dark pigments.
This in no way means that you should give up eating fruits and vegetables. Just take care not to let them stain your teeth. In most cases, normal oral hygiene routines, especially drinking plenty of water, will be enough to keep these healthy snacks from damaging your smile.
Smoking – You may have noticed a trend so far in that the teeth stainers we listed provide some helpful health benefits. Well that trend ends here. Smoking tobacco is nothing but bad. It not only ruins your health, it ruins your smile.
The only way to keep smoking from staining your teeth is to quit. Or else, you are going to have to come into our office in Las Cruces for cleanings and whitening treatments very often.
Even if the above items have already taken their toll, and your teeth are stained, you can still have a white smile by coming into Advanced Dental of Las Cruces for a KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching treatment. KöR uses the power of oxygen to bring the shine back to your smile. It can handle the toughest stains, even those from smoking!
Don’t hesitate to get the smile you deserve. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.