As always, it is vital to brush at least twice daily and to floss at least once a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This oral hygiene regimen helps prevent staining, as well. Also, you may benefit from using additional oral hygiene tools, such as a water flosser, proxabrush or soft picks. Make sure to discuss with your dentist or dental hygienist which oral hygiene aids will work best for you.
One way to reduce staining is to rinse your mouth with water after you consume items such as coffee, tea, wine, fruit juices, etc. If you cannot brush your teeth after consumption of these foods, rinsing with water you can reduce some of the stain-causing particles left in your mouth.
By using a straw for drinking stain-causing liquids such as soda, coffee and juice, the liquids pass by your front teeth creating without contact with the teeth, reducing the susceptibility to staining.
You can try using whitening toothpaste and mouthwash at home to prevent and reduce stain accumulation. Whitening toothpaste often has more gritty particles to scrub away surface staining. Whitening mouthwash usually has a low concentration of whitening agents such as hydrogen peroxide to target internal staining and lighten the shade of your teeth.
The best way to prevent staining is to eliminate or reduce your consumption of stain-causing foods and drinks. Examples of stain-causing foods and drinks are coffee, tea, red wine, berries, etc.
If you love your coffee or red wine too much to reduce your consumption, you can always have your teeth cleaned more frequently. More frequent cleanings will help to remove the stains before they get too noticeable or too buildup heavily. During your dental cleaning, a combination of specialized tools that clean and polish will are used to leave teeth feeling and looking fresh.
If you have questions about eliminating staining, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.