Are you interested in whitening your teeth?

A common question we receive from our patients here at Milford Dental Excellence is how can they get a whiter, brighter smile. The outside of your teeth is made of enamel, which acts as a protective barrier that helps protects against decay and cavities. Enamel is also what gives our teeth that white color.

But certain foods and drinks we consume can actually break down your tooth enamel, causing stains. A good of rule to remember is:

If it can stain a carpet, it can probably stain your teeth.

Darkly pigmented drinks such as coffee, soda, and tea can easily cause discoloration. The reason for this is due to microscopic ridges that are on your teeth, which can catch the residue from these drinks and begin breaking down your enamel. Products containing food coloring can also discolor your teeth. Fruit juices, popsicles, and tomato sauces can all cause discoloration due to the food coloring found in them.

The best way to fight against discoloration and keeping your smile bright is through proper brushing and flossing of your teeth twice per day. You may also want to discuss teeth whitening options with your dentist. Teeth whitening toothpaste may help to lighten your teeth slightly, but professional teeth whitening is the best option if your teeth are mildly or severely discolored.

If you would like to discuss teeth whitening options and treatments, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with us today!