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Stained Teeth: Causes & Prevention

May 29, 2017

None of our patients desire discolored, stained teeth. An unsightly smile can be difficult for your appearance and self-confidence. New York Family Dental Arts understands that our patients want to look and feel their best, and that’s why we offer Teeth Whitening treatment.

However, how do stains and discoloration appear in the first place? How should you maintain whiter teeth? While your daily food and beverage habits may seem innocuous, you may want to rethink them. Many popular types of food, beverages, and even condiments are top culprits for teeth stains.

The most popular culprit of all is coffee. Its dark color makes it easy for stains to form, especially if you’re drinking it on a daily basis, which many of us do. To prevent these dreaded stains, you can minimize your coffee consumption. Alternatively, you can add more milk to dilute some of the dark color, or use a straw to keep the staining beverage away from your teeth. Black tea produces a similar staining effect because it is also dark in color. Lighter colored teas such as green, white, or other teas of the herbal variety are better options for whiter teeth. Even balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, and ketchup can create stains due to their pigmentation. An example of a less pigmented condiment is olive oil.

You may have heard that red wine can stain your teeth with regular consumption, due to its dark red color. However, white wine can also cause staining. The acidity in these beverages erodes tooth enamel, which softens teeth temporarily. This makes it easier for chromogens, substances in these beverages that convert into pigments, to attach to our teeth. Accordingly – highly acidic sports drinks such as Gatorade, and sodas such as Sprite, can promote teeth staining, even if they are less pigmented. To prevent stains, either minimize consumption, or swish your mouth with water immediately afterwards.

Our NYC dentists will consult with you privately about the Teeth Whitening treatment. By taking the necessary measures – you will maintain and enjoy white, sparkling teeth.

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