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There are ways to prevent tooth discoloration while enjoying your favorite foods. While it is true that your pearly whites are susceptible to discoloration and staining from the foods you eat and drink, there are things you can do to mitigate the effects.

Dr. Meredith McClay and our team in Medford, Oregon have some tips to share today help you keep a bright smile. So if you are worried that your daily cup of coffee or cranberry juice with breakfast is staining your smile, don’t despair. Check out the following protective measures you can take to limit staining your teeth.

How to Prevent Tooth Discoloration

–Clean your chompers: Cleaning your teeth after eating or drinking staining foods helps limit their ability to discolor them. Brushing and flossing remove staining agents while using an antibacterial mouthwash help to prevent plaque from forming on your pearly whites (plaque is sticky which can give staining agents a foothold to adhere to).

–Use a straw: Drinking staining drinks from a straw limit their ability to stain your teeth. This works for fruit juices or soda, iced lattes or your favorite tea. Drinking through a straw will help keep the staining agents from discoloring the visible areas of your smile.

–Routine dental cleanings: Routine dental cleanings go a long way to keeping your smile vibrant. These visits allow us to assist you in maintaining healthy, beautiful teeth by removing hardened plaque which stains can otherwise adhere to.

–Give up tobacco: Yes, we went there. If you chew tobacco or smoke it, your smile will pay the price. Tobacco is notorious for staining teeth, and unfortunately, it not only affects your smile health but your body as well. This is the one tooth staining habit we actively encourage giving up, and thankfully, there are cessation programs available to help. Talk to your doctor to find out more about your cessation options.

The bottom line is, you don’t need to give up blueberries for dessert or beets with your lunch, or your favorite marinara sauce or red wine with dinner. With proper care, you can enjoy your favorite foods and beverages while protecting your pearly whites.

Our Creekside Family Dental team in Medford, Oregon is here to help you keep your smile healthy and vibrant. If aging has made your teeth less bright due to thinning tooth enamel and the underlying darker dentin shows through, we can lighten your smile with our tooth whitening treatment.

To find out more about keeping your teeth white or if you would like to utilize a tooth whitening treatment with our office, please call 541-210-9661 today. We look forward to helping you maintain your confident smile.