Surprising Stains That Keep Smiles Yellow

Stained and yellowing teeth are so last year! Thanks to scientific research and advancements in teeth whitening, all the tools needed to keep teeth at their brightest and whitest are only a phone call away.

Based on the latest scientific research, we now know that even things we would never have guessed can cause discoloration and staining are some of the main culprits keeping us from having those bright, white smiles.

These are the obvious ones:

  • Coffee
  • Tobacco
  • Red Wine
  • Dark Tea
  • Sodas
  • Here are some not so obvious:
  • Berries (but not strawberries, strangely enough)
  • Sports Drinks
  • Beets
  • Tomatoes (including pasta sauces)
  • Lemon
  • Hard Candy
  • Here are the most surprising ones:
  • Curry
  • Soy Sauce
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • White tea
  • White wine
  • Popsicles
  • Cookies

Scientists are finding it’s not always about the color of the food or drink. Some of these items listed above are very acidic. This can cause your teeth to weaken and contribute to discoloration. The acids can make the surface of the teeth rougher which in turns makes the enamel more absorbent to stains. Others have a very high sugar content and are sticky. When bacteria attach to these sugary things stuck to your teeth, it begins to break down and release acid which can lead to tooth decay.

Some preventative steps you can take if you choose to indulge in these food and drink choices are:

-Use a straw

-Drink water

-Rinse mouth and brush teeth no longer than 30 minutes after consuming

While this new information can help you make better choices in the future when it comes to keeping your teeth looking their best, you can’t go back in time and correct what you’ve done in the past. That’s why Dr. Kerbel offers the number one most requested whitening treatment right here in his office: Zoom! Teeth Whitening. This system will brighten your teeth 8-11 shades in only three quick, 15-minute sessions.

Dr. Kerbel also offers a touch-up maintenance kit complete with custom made trays and dental-grade bleaching gel for you to take home to keep your smile looking it’s best all year long. To schedule an appointment or for more information call our office at (972) 278-9901.