Yellowing doesn’t happen overnight, it sneaks up on us. One day while we’re getting ready for work, we smile into the bathroom mirror and notice. The next thing we know, we’re covering our teeth when we smile, or we talk less during meetings. If you’re one of the many Americans embarrassed by their smile, you’re not alone.

The good news is that you can whiten your teeth once they’ve been stained. And by understanding what turns your teeth yellow, you can prevent the staining in the first place.

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Know Foods That Cause Staining

The most common type of staining is extrinsic, defined as a discoloration of the enamel. This occurs when teeth come in contact with foods or drinks that have staining properties, such as coffee, tea, wine, and soda, but can also include blueberries, and grapefruit. In a perfect world, limiting or removing these foods completely would be the ideal solution, but for those that need their morning coffee to get going, such drastic measures aren’t necessary.

Instead, techniques such as dry brushing thirty minutes after consuming these items can go a long way towards preventing particles from sticking to teeth. Even rinsing your mouth out with water can help. But make sure to wait at least thirty-minutes, as acidic foods can weaken enamel, making them vulnerable to brushing.

Don’t Sleep With Your Mouth Open

If you wake up with drool on your pillow or a dry mouth, this could be contributing to your stained teeth. Moisture in the mouth washes away biofilm buildup. A lack of saliva in our mouths can weaken enamel, and promote staining. If you’ve been accused of snoring, it’  possible you may have sleep apnea, a serious disorder known to cause cardiovascular problems.

See Your Dentist Regularly

Receiving a regular cleaning and check-up is not only important to keep your teeth stain-free, but will also make it easier to catch other complications before they can advance. If it’s been awhile since you had a cleaning, it might be time to schedule an appointment.

If your teeth have already been stained, there are several teeth whitening solutions for you. If you would like to learn more about your options in Wilmington, NC, please call (910) 392-6060 or contact Kuzma Advanced Dentistry today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist.