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What Causes Tooth Discoloration and Staining?

The following blog post is provided by Dr. Joshua Mathis at Bent Creek Dental. He is a Dentist in Auburn Alabama

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Teeth staining and discoloration can occur from a variety of different foods, drinks, as well as tobacco. There are some clues that will help you figure out if a food may stain your teeth. Bright or dark colored and acidic foods and drinks. 

The best ways to prevent tooth discoloration is to abstain from smoking and using tobacco products as well as avoiding or limiting foods that cause tooth discoloration. 

Foods such as berries, tomatoes (specifically sauces), beets, cranberries, and other brightly colored foods like that can cause staining. Vinegar, soy sauce, and curry can also cause stains.

As for drinks, here is a list of drinks that often create stains and discoloration: Coffee, tea, wine, soda, fruit juices. 

One of the biggest factors in staining of teeth is poor hygiene, so you shouldn’t feel as bad about consuming all of these types of foods or drinks in moderation as long as you are brushing twice a day, flossing daily, rinsing with mouth-wash, chewing sugar-free gum in between meals, and seeing your dentist every 6 months.

In addition, rinsing your mouth with water after consuming these types of foods or drinks will help prevent staining as well. Use a straw when drinking liquids mentioned above if possible to limit contact with teeth. 

Teeth whitening can help reverse the effects of surface and age related teeth stains. There are many great options for teeth whitening available these days. Speak to your dentist to learn about some of the newer and best methods for teeth whitening. 


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