Tooth Discoloration: Causes, Prevention, and Treatments

Unsightly tooth discoloration has many people in Calgary seeking cosmetic dentistry for teeth whitening treatments. The good news is that modern dentistry has the tools to restore the shine to your smile. Combined with a few simple lifestyle changes, a trip to a general or family dentist such as Go Dental can help you treat and avoid tooth discoloration.

Foods, Drinks, and Habits that Can Cause Tooth Staining

Tooth discoloration is most often caused by what you are eating and drinking. The main problem drinks in our caffeine-fueled society tend to be coffee and tea, followed closely by beverages such as fruit juice, wine, and sugary soda. In order to keep your teeth white you will also want to avoid dark berries and vegetables such as beets, blackberries, and blueberries, as well as too much soy sauce or tomato sauce. Poor dental hygiene and tobacco use can cause stains to develop on your teeth as well.

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How Can You Prevent Tooth Staining?

As poor dental hygiene habits can cause tooth staining, one of the best methods of prevention is brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing them at least once a day. Stick to drinking water if you can, but if you must have one of the above staining drinks, then try to use a straw to keep it from coming into contact with your teeth. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt can also help keep your teeth white by strengthening the enamel that protects them from erosion.

Teeth Whitening in Calgary

Keeping your teeth white is a two-person job. It's up to you to practice good dental hygiene and watch what goes into your mouth, and it is up to your dentist to provide you with the necessary treatments that can help you get the most out of your hard work. Go Dental is a dental clinic located in NE Calgary that offers professional cosmetic dentistry services such as teeth whitening treatments.

Once your teeth are stain-free, coming in for a regular examination and cleaning can help them stay that way. Our dental professionals will make sure that stain-causing tartar and plaque can't build up on the surface of your teeth, and give you pointers on improving your dental hygiene habits at home.

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