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There are many different things that can stain your tooth enamel. Before embracing a particular tooth whitening regimen, you should work to identify the underlying cause of the stains. The cause and depth of staining will greatly influence the best whitening products or procedures required to restore your white youthful smile.

It’s a good idea to talk to your dentist before starting any whitening routine. They are trained to help you understand the products and procedures that can brighten you smile while also being mindful of your long term oral health.

Certain foods like chocolate, tomato sauce, and dark skinned berries can cause minor to moderate surface stains on tooth enamel. You can use whitening toothpaste or whitening strips, to help mitigate these stains. Unfortunately, if your teeth already have moderate to deep stains they will require whitening products with a stronger concentration of whitening agents.

Dark beverages, like coffee, tea, and green tea as well as many soft drinks can also stain tooth enamel. If you want to enjoy these beverages on a regular basis you might want to consider drinking them through a straw.

Regular tobacco users can easily cause deep stains on tooth enamel. In many cases these stains end up being too deep for retail level whitening products to whiten them. You will most likely need to have your dentist perform a dental tooth bleaching procedure to restore your smile. You should consider talking to your physician about a cessation program, to prevent future staining problems.

If you would like to explore your whitening options, please feel free to call us at 509.577.8277 to schedule an appointment.