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If your smile is suffering from tooth discoloration, you don’t have to let that dampen your smile. While it is true that your pearly whites are susceptible to discoloration and staining from the foods you eat and drink, help is available.

Dr. Richard Golden and our team in Detroit, Michigan are pleased to share some tips today help you keep a bright smile. So if your daily cup of coffee or cranberry juice with breakfast is staining your smile, we can help. Check out the following protective measures you can take to limit staining your teeth.

How to Prevent Tooth Discoloration

–Clean your chompers: The first protective measure you can take is to clean your teeth after eating or drinking staining foods. Brush and floss to remove staining agents, and use an antibacterial mouthwash to prevent plaque from forming on your pearly whites. Plaque is sticky which can give staining agents a foothold to adhere to.

–Use a straw: The next step to take is to use a straw for those beverages that routinely stain the teeth. This works for fruit juices or soda, iced lattes or your favorite tea. Drinking through a straw will help keep the staining agents from discoloring the visible areas of your smile.

–Give up tobacco: If you regularly chew tobacco or smoke it, your teeth will pay the price. Tobacco is notorious for staining teeth. Not only does it affect your body’s health but it also affects the look and health of your smile. This is the one tooth staining habit we encourage giving up!

–Maintain dental cleanings: Keeping regularly scheduled dental cleanings will go a long way to keeping your smile vibrant. These visits allow us to assist you in maintaining healthy, beautiful teeth by removing hardened plaque which stains can adhere to.

You don’t have to give up blueberries for dessert or beets with your lunch, or even tomato sauce or wine with dinner. You can enjoy your favorite foods and beverages and still protect your pearly whites.

Our Dr. Golden Laser Dental team in Detroit, Michigan is here to help you keep your smile healthy and vibrant. If aging has made your teeth less bright due to thinning tooth enamel and the underlying darker dentin shows through, we can lighten your smile with our tooth whitening treatment.

If you would like to know more about keeping your teeth white or to utilize a tooth whitening treatment with our team, please call 313-371-9880 today.