How to Prevent Teeth Stains

Houston Cosmetic Dentist Serving Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Pearland, & Nearby Areas of Texas

Yellow, dingy and discolored teeth are not something any of us want to experience. Having a bright, white smile you are proud to share can enhance your feelings of confidence and self-esteem, which you may find benefits you in social, business and personal interactions.

Teeth whitening at our Houston dental office is a great way to erase current teeth stains. Below, you can find information about some of the main causes of tooth discoloration and how to prevent it. For a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ronald Konig, please call 713-668-2289 to arrange an appointment.

Common Causes of Tooth Discoloration

While some of the more complicated causes of teeth stains are related to certain health conditions or certain medications, there are many others that you may be able to more easily control. Some of the most common causes of discoloration are:

  • Foods and beverages (some stain more than others)
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Poor dental hygiene habits
  • The natural aging process

Professional whitening of your teeth can remove most types of stains. Our in-office teeth whitening treatment is completed in about an hour, after which you'll leave our office with a gleaming, brilliant smile. Porcelain veneers are another option for whitening your smile while also improving the shape and overall appearance of your teeth.

Top Ways to Prevent Yellow, Stained Teeth

Most of the time, there's not much you can do without professional dental care to erase teeth stains once they have developed. Our whitening treatment immediately brightens your teeth using state-of-the-art formulations. Once your teeth are whitened, or if you want to prevent further staining, consider the following tips:

  • Brush and/or rinse after eating and drinking to remove stain-causing debris from your teeth.
  • If you smoke or chew tobacco, quit. Ask your doctor for help quitting.
  • Visit the dentist routinely for professional dental cleanings.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss once a day.

While many teeth stains have their source in certain foods and beverages, you may not want to cut back on these products altogether because you may enjoy them. Some of the main food and beverage culprits behind stains are:

  • Red and white wine
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Tomato sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Blueberries and blackberries

Instead of eliminating these things from your life, there are a couple things you can do to prevent their staining capacity. You can drink beverages through a straw instead of sipping. Doing so will reduce the amount of liquid that sits on your front teeth.

You should also rinse your mouth out with water after eating and drinking. A good rinse will wash away the debris and prevent it from causing discoloration. You can also brush with toothpaste to remove food and beverage from your tooth enamel.

If you are ready to rejuvenate your smile with bright, white teeth, please call our experienced dentistry team at 713-668-2289 to learn more about teeth whitening and to schedule a consultation. Our dental practice serves all of Houston and the surrounding areas, including Sugar Land, Katy and The Woodlands.