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Are you experiencing tooth discoloration in your smile? If so, take heart. You can work to prevent this discoloration while still enjoying your favorite foods. Dr. Sanjay Merchant and Dr. Peter Nghiem in Diamond Bar, California know that you might not be willing to give up your daily cup of coffee or cranberry juice with breakfast even though they can stain your smile. Check out the following protective measures you can take to limit staining your teeth.

How to Prevent Tooth Discoloration

–Use a straw: Drinking staining drinks from a straw can effectively limit their ability to discolor your teeth. This goes for fruit juices or soda, iced lattes or your favorite iced tea. Drinking through a straw will help keep the staining agents from discoloring the visible areas of your smile.

–Clean your teeth: Removing oral debris after eating or drinking staining foods helps limit their ability to discolor them. Brushing and flossing remove any staining agents and using an antibacterial mouthwash can help prevent plaque from forming on your pearly whites. Plaque is a substance that allows staining agents a foothold to adhere to.

–Give up tobacco: Yes, tobacco stains are notorious whether you chew or smoke it. Not only does tobacco affect your smile health but your body health as well. In fact, tobacco use is the one tooth staining habit we strongly encourage giving up. Thankfully there are tobacco cessation programs available to help. Please speak to your doctor to find out more.

–Professional dental cleanings: Regular professional dental cleanings are essential to a healthy, vibrant smile as we remove hardened plaque which stains can otherwise adhere to. You don’t want to give stains a surface to stick to.

So, whether you just don’t want to give up blueberry desserts or beets with your lunch, your favorite marinara sauce or red wine with dinner, you really don’t have to. With proper care, you can enjoy your favorite foods and beverages while protecting your pearly whites.

Our Phillips Ranch - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry team in Diamond Bar, California is here to help you keep your smile bright. Even if aging has made your teeth less bright due to thinning tooth enamel and the underlying darker dentin is peeking through, we offer tooth whitening treatments to renew your smile. If you are interested in a tooth whitening treatment with Dr. Sanjay Merchant or Dr. Peter Nghiem, please call us at 909-860-0321 today!