Good dental hygiene can be a great start to keeping your teeth healthy, but it may not be enough to help you keep them white. Although poor dental hygiene is associated with discolored teeth, your diet can also play a role in the color of your teeth. Some foods contain chromogens, or stain-causing substances, and if you regularly indulge, your teeth may pay the price. Our Houston cosmetic dentist offers teeth whitening treatments that can restore the natural whiteness of your smile, but you can take steps now to reduce the damage.
Coffee, tea, curries, berries, wine and similar foods and beverages have natural dyes that seep deep inside your teeth. Enjoying these foods or drinks hot can allow the stains to penetrate even more deeply into the structure of the tooth. Artificially colored beverages and foods can also be to blame. Energy drinks, soft drinks, brightly colored candies and juice drinks tend to combine acids, dyes and sugars, which can stain and damage your teeth. The acid and sugar contribute to enamel damage, and the dyes can sink into the enamel and dentin.
Regular brushing and flossing and routine professional cleanings are great ways to keep superficial stains under control, but they cannot touch the stains that are deep in the structure of the tooth. Peroxide-based whiteners are more effective and can get into the dentin to break up and destroy stains so that you can again enjoy a bright, white smile. Contact our expert in teeth whitening in Houston today to find out more about your teeth whitening options or to schedule your consultation.
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