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Preventing Dental Stains

The key to a whiter smile could lie in making simple lifestyle changes. 

When it comes to your oral health, our Issaquah, WA, dentist, Dr. Neda Goharkhay, would rather help patients prevent problems from occurring instead of just treating the problem once it arises. This is why coming in twice a year for checkups is so important for every member of your family, regardless of age or health. Of course, we also know how important it is for everyone to maintain a radiant smile. Here are some ways to prevent dental stains in the first place:

Use a Straw 

If you are going to enjoy iced tea, coffee, or other beverages that may stain your teeth, you can limit the amount of liquid that comes in contact with your teeth by simply using a straw. It won’t completely eliminate contact, but it will lessen the amount of liquid that’s exposed to the front of your teeth.

Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene 

Brushing and flossing are incredibly important for maintaining a radiant smile. If you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly then your smile is going to reflect that. You should be brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day. Consider using a whitening toothpaste, which can prevent surface stains from forming.

Limit Certain Foods and Drinks 

Along with maintaining good oral hygiene, altering your diet to limit those stain-causing foods and drinks will certainly go a long way to preventing dental stains. We know that this can be challenging but it’s best to limit or avoid:

  • Berries
  • Tomato sauce
  • Coffee and tea
  • Wine
  • Soy sauce
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Chocolate

Get Professional Dental Cleanings 

Knowing how to properly clean your own teeth and gums is incredibly important; however, nothing beats visiting your Issaquah, WA, general dentist every six months for professional cleanings. We have the right tools and techniques to be able to remove surface stains and get teeth looks more radiant.

However, due to the pandemic, our Issaquah, WA, dentist and her team are only providing emergency dental care to patients dealing with serious or urgent health matters. If you are dealing with a dental emergency, please call (425) 369-9100.

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