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Are You in the Dark about Tooth Discoloration?

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If you’ve noticed dark stains on your teeth that you can’t brush or rinse away, then you’re dealing with discolored teeth. Learn what causes the problem and how to brighten up your smile.

The Sources of Stained Teeth

Over time, stains and changes within the tooth can cause the discoloration of teeth. This can occur for many reasons, but these are the most common causes of tooth discoloration:

  • Dark drinks like coffee, tea, red wine, and cola
  • Dark-colored foods, such as berries, beets, and tomato sauce
  • Smoking
  • Trauma that affected a tooth
  • Internal bleeding discolored the tooth
  • Genetics
  • Age, since tooth enamel thins as you age, which exposes the darker underlying layers of the tooth

Advice to Avoid Tooth Discoloration

Stained teeth can be completely prevented with some simple and smart dental precautions. Follow these dental tips to stop stains from starting a problem:

  • Practice good oral hygiene at home by brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash once a day.
  • Brush your teeth after every meal.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after enjoying darker drinks.
  • Have necessary dental treatments done as soon as possible to avoid internal damage that can lead to the discoloration of teeth.
  • Get professional cleanings twice a year to remove any signs of stains.

Tips to Treat the Discoloration of Teeth

You don’t have to live with the strain and shame of a dark, discolored smile. Today, there are many tooth whitening treatments and tactics that can brighten up your smile, including:

  • Professional, in-office tooth whitening, which is done by a dentist and delivers the most dramatic and fastest results.
  • At-home whitening kits from your dentist can remove most stains, but they require more time than in-office treatments.
  • Over-the-counter, at-home whitening products are weaker than professional treatments, so they don’t whiten teeth as much or as quickly.
  • Whitening toothpastes can remove some light stains, but won’t make a dramatic difference in the color of your smile.
  • Veneers or crowns can cover up darker or permanent stains that are resistant to the bleach.

Talk to your dentist to see which is the right way to whiten your smile.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Waldorf, call Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf today at (301) 861-0665 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Waldorf. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf.

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