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What Causes Tooth Discoloration? How to Reverse It?

June 30, 2016

zoom whitening in lake highlandsIf you’ve noticed your smile looking a bit dingier than you’d like, you’re probably wondering what’s causing your tooth discoloration. And how you can reverse stains on the teeth? We’ve got good news. Dr. Ellis Ramsey offers Zoom whitening in Lake Highlands, and he’s in today with tips on what causes tooth discoloration in the first place.

Most Common Tooth Stainers

They’re some of our favorite foods and beverages — but if you frequently consume any of the following, they may be to blame for your discolored smile. Rinsing your mouth with water after partaking in highly-pigmented foods and beverages can help to lift the agents that cause discoloration. For existing stains, in-office Zoom whitening reveals a dramatically improved smile.

#1: Coffee and Black Tea

Most of us need some sort of boost in the morning — but if your favorite method of waking up is with a cup (or two) of coffee or tea, you’ll definitely notice a change in the shade of your tooth enamel. Is there a way to drink coffee without staining your teeth? This might help: choose iced coffee and drink it with a straw to keep it from touching the tooth enamel.

#2: Dark Chocolate

Chocolate lovers jump for joy at the news that dark chocolate in moderation is actually good for overall health — but the darker the chocolate, the more likely it is to stain your teeth. To combat staining, try crunching into an apple or crusty bread after consuming dark chocolate. Crunchy items are like natural scrubbing agents, gently cleaning the surface of your teeth.

#3: Ripe Berries

We wouldn’t want you to give up nutritious blueberries and blackberries in exchange for whiter teeth, but you should know these dark, delicious fruits slowly affect the shade of the tooth enamel. Try snacking on a piece of cheese after eating ripe berries — it increases the pH level of your saliva to reduce the vulnerability of your tooth enamel to stains.

#4: Tomatoey Pasta Sauce

Ripe red tomatoes cause stains. Aside from their highly-pigmented skin and meat, the acidity in tomatoes actually make the teeth more vulnerable to staining. It’s especially harmful to the shade of your smile when you combine your next spaghetti meal with a glass of your favorite red wine. Try the cheese trick to combat staining: consuming dairy increases the pH level of your mouth for added protection against discoloration.

Zoom! Teeth Whitening in North Dallas Helps

Dr. Ramsey is your cosmetic dentist in Lake Highlands offering Zoom! Whitening. This revolutionary whitening treatment reveals teeth up to eight shades brighter in just one, one hour visit to our office. Zoom! uses a special bleaching gel activated under a concentrated UV light to reveal your brightest, most youthful smile.

Nothing offers results as bright as Zoom! Whitening. While you’ve got a number of options available over-the-counter, the most powerful bleaching solutions are available only through your dentist’s office. And when you team up with your dentist, we can take tooth sensitivity into consideration, too. For the safest, most effective results, choose professional teeth whitening.

If you’d like to discuss Zoom! Whitening or any of our other cosmetic dentistry services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Ramsey’s office! Request your appointment online today.

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