Over time, stains form on our smiles and people often talk to us about cosmetic solutions, such as professional teeth whitening. However, since we’re currently only offering emergency treatments, we can’t help you brighten your smile from our office. Fortunately, your Ankeny, IA, dentist will explain how you can help keep your teeth bright from home!
The Causes of Your Teeth Stains
First, you need to understand how teeth stains actually form on our smiles. For example, when we consume foods and snacks high in sugar and starch, such as candy or chips, this leaves behind particles for bacteria to consume. This process coats the teeth in plaque, a bacterial byproduct that erodes outer enamel and allows cavities to form. The layer also makes stains more visible! Drinks with tannins, or dark pigments, such as tea, red wine, soda, and coffee, could also discolor smiles. If you smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products, this could stain your smile (and increase your risk of cancer).
Taking Preventive Actions
First, cut back on sugary foods and drinks, and beverages with tannins. You should also brush and floss, as these actions remove trapped food particles. You should brush for two minutes when you wake up and once more before going to bed. We also suggest flossing before bed as well. This deprives harmful bacteria of a meal. Avoid tobacco products too! Not only will these steps help keep your smile bright, they also limit the risks of issues like cavities, infection, gingivitis, and gum disease.
What About Store Bought Treatments?
When we’re open again, we will be able to remove serious discoloration, or mask it, with professional teeth whitening, dental bonding, or even lifelike porcelain veneers. Until then, you may be tempted by over-the-counter options. While some are effective, they do have a few downsides. For example, strips could lead to tooth sensitivity and if used incorrectly could cause a translucent appearance. Whitening toothpastes contain abrasive agents that remove stains, but also lead to tooth sensitivity by weakening outer enamel. Home remedies, such as charcoal toothpaste, oil pulling, and brushing with vinegar, offer minor results and could lead to an upset stomach! If you have any questions about our professional systems, or about the daily care that helps you avoid discoloration, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Avoiding Discoloration?
Our team is ready to help you gain a better understanding go your smile’s health. To learn more about keeping smiles bright with homecare and professional solutions, then please schedule an appointment by calling Peddicord Family Dentistry in Ankeny, IA, today at (515) 963-3339. We also proudly serve patients of all ages who live in Bondurant, Polk City, and all surrounding communities.