What is causing my teeth to stain?
Teeth stains can occur on different surfaces of the tooth and for different reasons. Most common factors in causing teeth staining include oral hygiene and diet habits. Regularly drinking coffee, tea, sodas and smoking tobacco increase the likeliness of enamel staining. Not all causes of teeth staining are preventative though. In older patients, teeth staining occurs naturally due to the thinning of the enamel layer, allowing the yellow dentin to become visually prominent. Other factors which cause teeth to stain include certain medical treatments, and a history of tooth trauma and/or disease.
The most common foods which stain teeth have rich, deep colors like chocolate, berries, soda, wine, coffee, and tea. Basically, everything good! To prevent staining, after eating, rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth to remove any residual particles. A regular scheduled dental cleaning can also remove a good amount of food stains!
A good rule of thumb is “ if a food can stain your white shirt, it can stain your teeth.”
We offer a variety of teeth whitening and bleaching services that can help you achieve your ideal shade and smile. From in-office to take-home products, call our office at 214-774-9906 to see which whitening treatment is best for you!