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There are several dark foods and beverages that can slowly penetrate the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel, causing your teeth to become deeply stained. Stained teeth can leave you self-conscious about your smile and wanting to explore your whitening options.

At the same time, if you don’t investigate and resolve the underlying cause of the staining, even the best whitening products and procedures will only provide short term results.

Foods like chocolate, tomato sauce, and dark berries can have an acidic nature or staining compounds that can cause surface stains, which can deepen over time. Using a whitening toothpaste as part of your oral hygiene routine can reduce surface stains caused by these foods between dental cleanings.

Consuming dark beverages, like coffee, tea, green tea, and soft drinks, on a regular basis can also cause significant stains. Just like foods that are prone to staining, a whitening toothpaste will help reduce surface stains before they can deepen. You can still enjoy these beverages by drinking them through a straw.

Tobacco use introduces tar and other chemicals to your mouth, which can deeply stain tooth enamel. This degree of staining usually can’t be resolved by retail grade tooth whitening products. Only the dental tooth bleaching procedure offered by Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc. can effectively whiten tobacco stained teeth. Even still if you continue to use tobacco, your staining problems will persist.

If you would like to explore the best whitening products to brighten your smile, you should call the dental professionals at Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc. at (949) 729.9950 to schedule an appointment.