How to Prevent Stains on Teeth

At Southwest Smiles, we offer comprehensive dental services to help your smile look healthy and bright. For example, preventive dental cleanings remove yellow plaque and tartar, and dental crowns and veneers can hide imperfections. There are also several ways you can promote whiter teeth at home! Check out the following tips.

  1. Brush Twice a Day for Two Minutes Each Time
  2. Clear away plaque and food particles, which can cause stains, by brushing twice a day for two minutes each time. Be sure to use the proper technique. If you brush in gentle circles instead of sawing back and forth across your teeth, you’re more likely to safely lift stains from the surface of your teeth. Consider investing in an electric toothbrush, which can make your brushing experience more enjoyable and effective.

  3. Use a Whitening Toothpaste & Mouthwash
  4. A whitening toothpaste and whitening mouthwash may help improve the appearance of your smile by reducing surface stains. At your next checkup, let us know if you’d like specific recommendations for safe over-the-counter whitening products!

  5. Avoid Tobacco Products
  6. Smoking and chewing tobacco stain your teeth, cause bad breath, suppress your immune system, and increase your risk of cancer. If you are a smoker or use tobacco products, quit as soon as possible to improve your oral and overall health.

  7. Eat a Balanced Diet
  8. A diet that is high in sugary foods and beverages, like alcohol, soda, juice, candy, chips, cookies, and other treats, is damaging to your enamel. Weak enamel gives your smile a more yellow appearance. In contrast, a diet rich in fiber, lean protein, vitamins, and minerals will fortify your tooth enamel against erosion, damage, and decay. Remember to also drink plenty of water, which is essential for the production of saliva. Saliva coats your enamel with minerals to strengthen your teeth.

Achieve Whiter Teeth at Southwest Smiles!

If you’re not happy with the appearance of your smile, contact Southwest Smiles today to schedule a cosmetic consultation. We will discuss your goals, lifestyle, and financial options to determine the best solution for your smile. We look forward to hearing from you!

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