The most common aesthetic complaint patients make to their dentists is by far teeth staining. In the new world of social media white teeth have become even more important to the average american. As a result, a lot of people are asking their dentists the same question: how do I avoid staining my teeth? There are a few easy habits that, if practiced diligently, can help teeth maintain their natural white state. 


Food and drink are the most common culprits behind tooth stains. Coffee and red wine in particular are notorious for causing tooth stains quickly. Obviously, the best way to stop those beverages from staining your teeth is to avoid them entirely. However, many people are loath to give up their wine or coffee. A compromise is to make sure to brush your teeth after consuming either of those items. 


Smoking is another common factor behind tooth discoloration. Nicotine smoke, from either cigarettes or cigars, stain the teeth a yellow color over time. The more someone smokes, the more yellow the stain becomes. Unfortunately, smoke stains cannot simply be brushed off. Discoloration caused by smoke has to be fixed by artificial whitening techniques. Our advice? Avoid smoking in the first place. 


Over the years teeth will become discolored due to natural wear and tear. The best way to slow this discoloration is to practice basic oral hygiene, like flossing and brushing, consistently throughout your life. Of course, wear and tear is inevitable over time. If the discoloration to your teeth begins to bother you, reach out to your dentist to learn more about artificial whitening options. 

White teeth are aesthetically pleasing and can have a serious effect on a person’s self-confidence. Unfortunately, staining is inevitable. The good news is that the process can be significantly slowed by understanding what causes stains, and avoiding those factors whenever possible. Of course, teeth whitening services are always an option. To learn more visit


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