People often see us for cosmetic treatments designed to remove teeth stains from the surface of the teeth or from under the enamel. During these visits, they often ask, “Why are my teeth stained?” Multiple factors can lead to discoloration and by understanding them, you can take action to enjoy a brighter and more beautiful smile.
Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Stains
Question: Do certain foods stain the teeth?
Answer: Yes! When you eat foods high in sugar and other starches, bacteria will break down the particles these foods leave behind. This process coats the teeth in plaque, a sticky biofilm that makes teeth stains more likely to appear. However, eating healthier foods, such as fruits and vegetables, can help you avoid discoloration.
Question: Does what I drink impact the shade of my teeth?
Answer: Yes. Drinks with dark pigments can make discoloration more likely to appear. You should cut back on coffee, soda, tea, red wine, and even fruit juice to help your smile stay bright. Drinking more water can help, as water contains no sugars, acids, or staining agents.
Question: Am I not brushing and flossing good enough?
Answer: Brushing and flossing properly can help keep teeth bright, but eventually stains can sometimes form. Good preventive maintenance should also include routine dental cleanings every six months, which allows the dentist or hygienist to remove plaque buildup and in the process, keep the smile bright.
Question: What if I smoke?
Answer: Smoking and using tobacco products can cause unsightly stains to appear. In addition, cigarettes can also increase the risk of oral, throat, and lung cancer, among other heath concerns. We always urge patients that smoke or use tobacco products to quit immediately.
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Dr. Brent Engelberg and his highly-skilled team proudly serve patients and their families from Arlington Heights, IL, and all surrounding communities, including; Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, and the Northern and Northwest Chicago Suburbs. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at (847) 230-9703.