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At Smiles by Design in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. Zana Alnaqib and our team understand that while brushing and flossing your pearly whites are your strongest line of defense against stained teeth, sometimes your smile will still succumb to discoloration.

This can happen due to a variety of factors, such as cracks in tooth enamel, or cracks from bruxism (repetitive teeth grinding) weakening the enamel. These irregularities in the tooth enamel can open the way to tooth stains if you regularly consume foods and drinks such as tomato sauce, dark berries, tea, coffee, soda or dark fruit juices. Today we would like to show you how you can better prevent tooth stains from taking over your smile.

Incorporate this into your daily routine:

If you brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once each day, you are well on your way to creating a smile staining prevention strategy. Incorporating an antibacterial oral rinse will help remove bacteria from your mouth and create a healthy barrier. The trio of brushing, flossing, and using an oral rinse will protect your teeth from bacterial plaque buildup. Plaque attracts the staining effects from foods and drinks because it hardens onto tooth enamel and allows staining residue to cling to enamel.

What do you like to drink most often?

If you regularly drink dark beverages such as soda or juice, iced coffee or hot tea, over time this can stain teeth. One way to minimize this from happening is by sipping your drink with a straw. A straw will keep the drink from saturating your smile.

In the case of coffee and tea, diluting them with milk (dairy or non-dairy) will also weaken their staining effects.

Another stain prevention measure you can take is to rinse your mouth well with plain water after you drink. Unless of course you can brush and floss your teeth to remove residue. If you can’t brush, chewing sugarless gum will increase your saliva in the mouth which will also help rinse the drink residue away from your teeth.

Are you maintaining routine dental cleanings?

Investing in regular oral care also means seeing your dentist twice yearly for professional dental cleanings. These cleanings allow us to safely remove plaque and tartar using special tools designed for the job. This will help keep your smile stain-free longer.

If you implement all of these preventative measures and still want to whiten your teeth, Dr. Zana Alnaqib and our team at Smiles by Design offer professional teeth whitening for our patients in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the surrounding areas.

In addition to the teeth whitening systems we offer in the office, we also offer take-home whitening for your convenience. Please give us a call at 480-359-2227 if you are interested in scheduling a visit or have any concerns about your smile!