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Stains on the teeth in your smile can leave you feeling self-conscious. Without identifying and correcting the underlying cause of the stains on your teeth, tooth whitening products and procedures will only yield temporary results.

If you frequently enjoy dark beverages like coffee, tea, and soft drinks on a regular basis, it can easily cause significant stains. Cutting back on these drinks is the ideal solution. If you want to enjoy one of these beverages, you might want to try using a straw.

Foods like chocolate, tomato sauce, and dark berries have compounds that can stain tooth enamel. Cutting back on them will certainly help. You could also try using a whitening toothpaste in your oral hygiene routine to mitigate staining issues between your regular dental cleaning appointments.

Regular tobacco is known to cause deep stains on tooth enamel. The stains caused tar and other chemicals are very hard to resolve with the products available over the counter. To really whiten these stains, you’ll need a dental teeth-whitening procedure.

However, if you continue to use tobacco on a regular basis your staining issues will continue. As a result, you should talk to your physician to help find the tobacco cessation program that’s right for you.

Make sure to talk to your dentist before starting any whitening routine. They are trained to help you understand the products and procedures that will best improve your smile and long term oral health.

If you would like to explore your whitening options, please feel free to call us at 843-884-1215 to schedule an appointment.