It is natural, over time, for our teeth to become stained or discolored. Enamel eventually wears and gets thinner, which causes the second layer of your teeth called dentin to show. This is what can give your teeth a darker, more yellowed appearance.
There are other factors that we can control that contribute to the discoloration of teeth, such as:
- Certain foods and beverages
- Some types of medication like tetracycline
- Habits like smoking or tobacco use
- Poor dental hygiene
A few foods and drinks to be aware of that can cause staining are coffee, black tea, red wine, dark-colored berries (such as blueberries), soy sauce, curries, and marinara sauce. You don't have to eliminate these items completely, but by being aware of which foods cause staining, you can limit your consumption or be sure to brush your teeth afterward.
Professional teeth whitening with your dentist in Citrus Heights can also give you a whiter, more beautiful smile. Dr. Erickson offers custom take-home whitening kits that can brighten your teeth in as little as ten to fourteen days.
Choosing professional teeth whitening typically offers better, more reliable results for most patients. Contact Citrus Grove Dentistry today to learn more about teeth whitening.