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Your tooth enamel has microscopic textures and pores. When you consume dark foods and beverages, tiny particles can get trapped on the surfaces of the teeth in your smile. If they are not removed in a timely manner, these surface stains can gradually start to penetrate the enamel, dulling your smile. These deep stains often cannot be completely removed by retail-grade whitening products.

Even if your dentist, Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner, performs a dental 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.

Some foods like chocolate, tomato sauce, and dark berries can have an acidic nature or 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 between dental cleanings.

Dark beverages, like coffee, tea, and soft drinks, can also cause significant stains. Using whitening toothpaste or strips will help reduce surface stains 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.

Tar and other staining chemicals from tobacco can quickly and deeply penetrate tooth enamel, causing significant stains. You should talk to your primary physician to find the cessation method that’s right for you.

If you are struggling with a dull or stained smile in Burlington, Connecticut, you should call 860-673-7155 to schedule an appointment at Bethaney B. Brenner, DMD, LLC.