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In general, people don’t want their possessions stained. You don’t want a stained shirt, you don’t want stained carpet, and you especially don’t want stained teeth. Learn a little more about how teeth stain, what stains them the most, and how you can prevent stains from developing.

How Stains Develop

There are three different types of stains that can develop in your smile:

  • Extrinsic: these show in the outer tooth tissue (called enamel) as a result of pigmented foods and drinks that collect in the enamel’s microscopic pits.
  • Intrinsic: these stains develop in the dentin tooth tissue (located under the enamel) as a result of injury, taking tetracycline antibiotics before the age of eight, too much fluoride exposure when you were young,
  • Age-Related: The enamel thins as you age and the dentin tissue yellows and darkens.

Foods And Drinks That Stain The Most

One of the major causes of tooth stains comes from the pigments, acids, and sugars found in foods and drinks such as:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Soda
  • Sports drinks
  • Pasta sauce
  • Curry
  • Berries
  • Tobacco

Preventing And Treating Stains

You can protect the white color of your smile when you take preventive measures like:

  • Maintaining oral hygiene
  • Visiting the dentist for regular check-ups
  • Avoiding staining foods and drinks in excess
  • Using a straw when drinking a staining beverage
  • Drinking water after drinking a staining beverage
  • Chewing sugar-free gum that stimulates saliva flow and cleans pigments from teeth

If you already have unsightly stains marring the beauty of your smile, then seek out solutions like:

  • Teeth whitening (though whitening toothpastes, take-home whitening products, or in-office whitening)
  • Dental veneers
  • Dental crowns

Call Dean Doles Family Dentistry today to learn more about how teeth stain and how you can have a gorgeous, white smile.