Common Causes of Tooth Stains

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An attractive smile helps you feel better and make better impressions on people you meet. Taking care of your teeth and gums can help you maintain a healthy smile, but certain foods and habits may be holding you back from having a bright and white smile. Some of the most common causes of tooth stains include:

Dark Beverages
If something will stain a white t-shirt, it will also stain your teeth. Dark beverages such as coffee, tea, and soda are some of the biggest culprits behind discolored teeth. People often sip on these beverages throughout the day, constantly exposing their teeth to stains. Cutting back on dark beverages can help you keep a whiter smile. If you cannot go without your daily coffee or tea, drink water in between sips to wash away stain-causing residue. 

Dark Foods
Beverages are not the only items that can stain your teeth; certain foods also leave behind teeth-staining debris that affects the brightness of your smile. Berries contain a variety of important nutrients, but they also have dark skins that leave stains on enamel. Red sauces like ketchup and marinara sauce can also leave stains on the teeth and take away from the appearance of your smile. Beets are also known to stain the teeth, whether they are eaten on their own or as part of a sauce or juice.

Non-Dietary Factors
Certain habits may also be to blame for your stained smile. Tobacco use is a common cause of tooth stains due to all of the chemicals found inside of these products. If you smoke cigarettes or use chewing tobacco or snuff, you may be ruining your chances of maintaining a bright and beautiful smile. Specific diseases and medications can also cause stains on the teeth, making it important to talk to a doctor about possibly finding a different treatment option.

Regain a beautiful white smile with help from the Columbus dental experts at Oak Creek Dental Care! Our cosmetic dentistry services include at-home whitening kits to help you remove stains and become more confident with your smile. Contact us at (888) 751-3514 to learn more about whitening kits.

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