How to Prevent Tooth Stains

Happy woman holding toothbrush and coffee going to brush her teeth after hot drink.

There’s nothing like that cup of fresh, hot black coffee to bring you to life every morning, or a relaxing glass of merlot at the end of a long day. Unfortunately, these beverages — along with many other substances — can stain your teeth.

We all want the whitest, brightest smile possible, so read on to learn how to prevent tooth stains!

Stop Smoking

One of the worst culprits when it comes to stained, yellow teeth is cigarette smoking. If you are a smoker (or if you chew tobacco products), you not only at putting yourself at risk for a number of health problems, but you’re doing your smile a disservice, as well.

Limit Beverages That Stain

Aside from the aforementioned coffee and red wine, other beverages that can cause tooth staining include colas, iced tea, and dark fruit juices — like cranberry or prune.

If you are in the habit of sipping on coffee during the morning hours, having a soda or two in the afternoons, and then switching to red wine after work, your teeth are going to be stained. Limit your intake of these beverages, or drink them through a straw to minimize contact with your tooth enamel.

Brush and Floss

If you just can’t go without your morning java or that mid-afternoon Coke, you’re probably wondering how to prevent tooth stains. One good way to do so is by brushing after each beverage. And don’t forget to floss!

In addition to removing any residue from the drink that’s in contact with your teeth, brushing and flossing will remove plaque — and plaque attracts stains like a magnet.

Carry a travel-size toothbrush and paste with you. Not only will regular tooth hygiene help prevent stains, it will also keep your teeth healthier and your breath fresh.

Drink Water

Of course, it’s not always convenient to brush your teeth, especially if you’re on the go. Can’t get to a restroom in between cups of macchiato? Drinking a glass of water will help flush away stains before they occur.

Be Careful with Home Remedies

You may have seen so-called “smoker’s toothpaste” in the drug store, or considered brushing with baking soda. Unfortunately, these methods can be very abrasive to your teeth. By scrubbing at the enamel, they may make your teeth more vulnerable to staining.

Other home remedies can be downright dangerous. Never use hydrogen peroxide, chlorine bleach, or other chemicals in an attempt to whiten your teeth.

Now That You Know How to Prevent Tooth Stains…

If you’ve put all of these tips to use and are still troubled by your stained, yellowish teeth, it may be time to consult the professionals for teeth whitening services.

Most cosmetic dentists provide both in-office whitening services and take-home kits, which you can use at your convenience and while performing your day-to-day activities. This makes achieving a whiter smile easier than ever before.

Contact us to learn about our tooth whitening solutions.