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Tooth stains, also known as tooth discoloration, can take the whiteness and beauty out of your smile. This can be quite inconvenient, especially because it can lower the self-esteem and self-confidence. As you probably already guessed, it’s best to prevent tooth stains in the first place. That way you don’t have to deal with an unattractive smile. To help you do so, our dentist, Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta, encourages you to do the following things:

-Avoid tooth-staining substances: Things like coffee, tea, red wine, tomato sauce, dark berries and other dark foods and drinks can stain the tooth enamel. It’s best to avoid these things if you want to avoid tooth discoloration. If you have to drink dark drinks, do so with a straw so you limit the contact the liquid has with the teeth.

-Don’t use tobacco: Tobacco not only stains the teeth, but it also affects the oral health as well as entire health. It’s best to avoid tobacco use altogether.

-Use abrasive or whitening toothpaste: These oral hygiene tools can help you remove surface stains before they have a chance to set into the tooth enamel. This can help you prevent tooth stains as well as the need to whiten the teeth down the road. You can talk to our dental team about which toothpaste is best for you and your smile.

For more information and details about how to prevent tooth stains in Seattle, Washington, please contact our dental team at Lake City Way Dental Center. When you dial 206.363.1828, we will be thrilled to give you the answers and help you need. We look forward to hearing from you!