How to Reduce Tooth Stains

How to Reduce Tooth Stains
Posted on 01/17/2018
As your providers of Columbia, MD cosmetic dentistry and experts when it comes to beautifying a patient’s smile, we’ve found that there’s one desire that nearly all patients have when it comes to their teeth – they wish they were whiter! It’s natural for a person’s teeth to get stained over time and start to become discolored; it happens to just about everyone. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything about it. There are plenty of ways that you can reduce tooth stains and keep your teeth looking whiter, with many of them being simple to follow through on. Here’s just a handful of examples that your Columbia, MD dentist recommends.

Brush After Every Meal

The more you brush, the less of a chance that there will be stains that remain on your teeth. It’s best to do so right after every meal so that staining foods will be immediately brushed off of your teeth.
 

Use a Whitening Toothpaste

Obviously, using a whitening toothpaste will help with removing stains. However, you shouldn’t expect as stellar of results as you may first believe. The peroxides that are in whitening toothpaste will only stay on the teeth for a short period of time and they’re typically not strong enough to make a big difference. Having said that, if you’re just looking for a slight boost to your smile, using a whitening toothpaste is still recommended.
 

Use a Straw to Drink Beverages

Some of the most likely culprits of teeth staining are actually drinks. These include soda, coffee, tea, and so on. While drinks can be the most likely to discolor your teeth, there’s thankfully a terrific solution to this problem – a straw! By using a straw when you consume any beverage that can stain your teeth, the drink will bypass your front teeth and keep from staining them.
 

Use an Electric Toothbrush

Truthfully, an electric toothbrush doesn’t really reduce tooth stains any better than when properly brushing with a manual toothbrush. Having said that, the key part of that sentence is the word ‘properly.’ Many people aren’t actually brushing properly at all. When you’re brushing too gently and not angling the brush in the right spots, you won’t get rid of all the stains and plaque; when you’re brushing too hard, you may scrub away at your tooth enamel and make it look more discolored. An electric toothbrush is essentially ‘easy mode’ and will make it more difficult to mess up your brushing!
 

Try Our Teeth Whitening Treatment

If all else fails (or it just hasn’t whitened your teeth to the degree that you’d prefer), we offer a teeth whitening treatment at our Columbia, MD cosmetic dentistry practice. We use specialized teeth whitening gel that will remove any stains and make your teeth appear several shades whiter. Come visit us sometime to try it out!
 

Schedule a Visit with Your Columbia, MD Dentist Today!

If you’re interested in our teeth whitening treatment or any of our other cosmetic dentistry procedures, we encourage you to give us a call at (410) 730-6020. Alternatively, you can fill out our online appointment request form. We hope to see you sometime and help you attain a whiter and brighter smile!