How Do You Keep Smiles Stain-Free?

In just a few days, people across the United States will be celebrating the holiday season, gathering with finds, family, and co-workers. We understand how important feeling confident about your appearance can be, which definitely includes your smile. What steps can you take to stay stain-free and enjoy a brighter smile?

Frequently Asked Questions About Avoiding Teeth Stains

Question: What factors leads to extrinsic stains?

Answer: Also known as surface stains, these form on the surface. They can often be cased by plaque buildup, a bacterial byproduct that forms as a result of consuming foods high in sugar and other starches. Beverages with dark pigments, such as tea, soda, red wine, fruit juice, and coffee, can also leave discoloration behind. Surface stains can also form if a patient smokes or uses other tobacco products.

Question: What are intrinsic teeth stains?

Answer: These actually form underneath the enamel, in the dentin. They can be caused by injury to the tooth, fluorosis, or exposure to tetracycline at a young age. Since they don’t form on the surface, they may not respond to traditional teeth whitening. Instead, we may mask them with veneers or dental bonding.

Question: Will preventive care keep my smile bright?

Answer: Yes! Preventive care can help reduce the severity of surface discoloration. You should be brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session. You also need to floss every night before going to bed. In addition, be sure you schedule a professional cleaning with your dentist every six months, as this is the only way to completely remove plaque buildup.

Question: What steps should I take during the holidays to enjoy a bright smile?

Answer: Be sure you drink water with your meal, as water contains no sugars or acids and can help rinse away food particles stuck on or between the teeth. After your meal, be sure to floss your teeth before going to bed. Also, cut back on foods high in sugars and starch, instead adding more fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet.

Do You Have Stained Teeth?

We can help remove teeth stains and take steps to ensure you enjoy a beautiful holiday smile. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.