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Stained tooth enamel, especially on the teeth in your smile can leave you feeling uncomfortable. Even the best tooth whitening products and procedures can only yield temporary results, if the cause of staining isn’t identified and addressed.

It’s a good idea to consult with a dentist at The Dental Gallery before starting any whitening routine. They are trained to help you understand the products and procedures that will best improve your smile and long term oral health.

Dark beverages, like coffee, tea, green tea, and soft drinks can often cause surface stains. If these surface stains aren’t remedied by modest means like brushing your teeth with whitening toothpaste or using whitening strips, it can deepen. Cutting back on these drinks is the ideal solution, or you might want to try using a straw.

Some dark and acidic foods like chocolate, tomato sauce, and dark berries have compounds in them that are prone to stain tooth enamel. Cutting back on them will certainly help. You could also try using a whitening toothpaste in your oral hygiene routine to mitigate staining issues between your regular dental cleaning appointments.

Tobacco use can deeply stain tooth enamel. The only way to truly prevent these kinds of stains is to stop using tobacco completely. Considering all the other threats tobacco poses to your health and oral hygiene it’s worth talking to your physician about a cessation program.

Even if you have your teeth bleached to a perfect bright white, the tobacco will still cause the same deep stains again.

If you would like to explore your whitening options, please feel free to call The Dental Gallery at 315-446-6620 to schedule an appointment.