Foods That Stain the Teeth

Foods That Stain the TeethMany enjoyable foods possess the ability to stain your teeth. These foods and beverages encompass items such as soy sauce, tea, wine, coffee, berries, and darkly colored colas. Dr. Assili, Northridge cosmetic dentist, elaborates that many of these stains are difficult to eliminate, particularly if they have been present for quite some time.

Hot foods can also lead to the formation of stains due to their ability to expand the pores on your teeth. Stain-causing substances can enter your teeth leading to permanent discolorations. Consumption of acidic foods often has the same results.

Tobacco—including forms like cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobaccos—operate as notorious staining agents on your teeth. Illnesses, and the medications used to treat them, may be related to the appearance of teeth staining. Additionally, dry mouth causes teeth to degenerate, which can lead to stained teeth due to the lack of saliva to lubricate your teeth.

Some stains can be removed via regular brushing with a proper toothbrush and toothpaste. An electric toothbrush stands as a useful investment for treatment of mild stains. Additionally, a comprehensive cleaning by your dentist will aid in removing unsightly stains, as he or she can reach areas that are troublesome to see. If stains remain persistent, Dr. Assili, Northridge teeth whitening specialist, indicates that teeth whitening, bleaching, or micro abrasion can be an effective option. However, if the stain appears deep, a micro abrasion treatment can damage your teeth. Porcelain veneers or crowns act as a more efficacious option for deep, stubborn stains.

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Michel H. Elyson, DDS

Ramin Assili, DDS

9535 Reseda Blvd., Suite 203
Northridge CA 91324

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