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If you want to maintain white, brilliant teeth, then our dentist, Dr. Craig Chlebicki, has some good news for you. There are things you can do to maintain your beautiful smile even though there are many culprits of tooth discoloration. Other than whitening your teeth with whitening treatments, you can avoid or lessen the effects of the culprits altogether, and our dental team is more than happy to tell you how to do so.

First, avoid the main offenders, which are tooth-staining foods and drinks as well as tobacco. Some foods to avoid include dark sauces (like tomato, soy, and curry sauce), dark fruits (like blueberries and raspberries), and dark vegetables (like beets). Tobacco is a huge culprit of tooth discoloration, so please avoid smoking.

Second, use a straw as much as possible. Using a straw can help you reduce your chances of discoloring your smile because it helps the beverage miss the teeth altogether. Just make sure you swallow the drink quickly rather than let it linger in the mouth. This is the best option if you can’t avoid drinking dark drinks altogether.

Third, rinse your mouth. This is the next best option if you can’t avoid the dark foods and drinks and if you can’t use a straw. When you’re done consuming the dark products, it’s important to rinse your mouth with water to try and wash the stain-causing particles away.

To learn more about how to maintain white teeth in Brentwood, California, please contact Brentcourt Dental Group today at 925-634-3503 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are happy to assist you in any way we can, even if it’s just by answering your questions or scheduling you an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!