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If you could look at your tooth enamel under a powerful microscope, you would see small textures and pores in the mineral crystals. These contours are likely to be even more significant if you’ve struggled with enamel erosion in the past. When dark foods and beverages are introduced to your mouth, the small particles can get trapped in the microscopic pores, causing stains on your teeth.

Even if your dentist, Dr. Steven W. Huber, DDS, performs a tooth-bleaching treatment, the stains will gradually return. Identifying the primary cause of the stains will help you make insightful choices for maintaining your white smile.

Certain foods like chocolate, tomato sauce, and dark berries can have staining compounds that can cause surface stains. Using a whitening toothpaste as part of your oral hygiene routine can reduce surface stains caused by these foods.

Dark beverages, like coffee, tea, and soft drinks can also cause significant stains. Whitening toothpaste or strips will help reduce surface stains provided by these products before they penetrate deep into the enamel. At the same time, you can still enjoy these beverages. Just be sure to drink them through a straw.

Tobacco use can also introduce tar and other staining chemicals to your mouth. These things can quickly and deeply penetrate tooth enamel to cause significant staining issues. You should talk to your primary physician to find the cessation method that’s right for you.

Retail-level whitening products can rarely improve moderate to deeply stained teeth. For these significant staining problems, you will need Dr. Steven W. Huber, DDS to perform a dental bleaching treatment. Once your teeth’s brightness and luster have been restored, you can use whitening toothpaste and strips to maintain the brightness of your smile

If you would like help addressing the stains on your teeth, you should call Ohio Urgent Dental Care at 614-875-7070 to seek further advice. We are happy to tell you about the whitening products available in Grove City, Ohio.