Having a sparkling, stain-free smile is a dream come true for everyone. Your diet and habits can dull your smile over time. To prevent tooth stains, what can you do? Here are some easy tips to get you started.


Avoid Use of Tobacco

If you chew or smoke tobacco, you are doing your mouth a severe disservice. Several studies disclose the harmful effects of tobacco on your teeth and gums. Smoking causes oral cancer, contributes to gum disease, and prevents the gums from healing naturally. In cosmetic terms, just a few months of smoking can turn your teeth yellow, and years of heavy smoking can turn them brown.


Stain-Causing Foods to Avoid

The foods we consume daily can stain our teeth over time. To keep your teeth white, you should refrain from drinking coffee, green tea, dark berries, soy sauce, sugary drinks, cranberry juice, tomato sauce, and red wine. There are specific properties in all these foods and beverages that can cause your tooth enamel to break down and leave you with stains on your teeth.


Teeth-Protecting Foods

Avoid stain-causing foods and beverages by replacing them with options that are tooth-protective. Chewing crunchy, water-rich foods like celery, apples, and carrots increases saliva production, neutralizing acidic acids that can damage tooth enamel. 


Drinking Beverages With a Straw

Make sure you drink iced tea through a straw if your go-to summer beverage is a tall glass of iced tea. When you drink through a straw, liquids will avoid most contact with your teeth – especially those that show when you smile.


Professional Teeth Cleaning

A white, hard substance called plaque forms on your teeth, forming a sticky film that stains love to adhere to. Daily brushing with fluoride-infused toothpaste, flossing, and using mouthwash can reduce your chances of developing plaque and keep your teeth white. Also, schedule a semi-annual appointment with your dentist to get a professional cleaning and polish.


Allow Newton Dental Associates to Take Care of Your Smile

By following these tips and making regular trips to your dentist, you’ll be able to keep your smile bright, white, and stain-free. If you want more information on how to accomplish this, contact the dental experts at Newton Dental Associates to book your appointment. You can reach us by calling (617) 965-0060 or emailing nda@newtondentalassociates.com. 


From tooth cleaning to whitening, to full makeovers and total facial esthetics, Newton Dental Associates is a place for everyone.