5 Foods and Habits That Discolor Your Teeth

Your smile plays a huge part when it comes to making a first impression. If you’re not confident in your smile, it’s hard to be confident in yourself. What’s worse is that you likely don’t even realize all of the ways you’re staining and discoloring your teeth. The good news is that you have an expert dentist on your team to transform your smile from dim to dazzling. 

Drs. Ken Lalezarian and Sharyar Baradaran at Dental Care of Beverly Hills know you’re never fully dressed without a bright, white smile. We’re here to give you the lowdown on your bad oral health habits and bring back your healthy-looking smile with the best in teeth-whitening technology. 

All about your teeth

To understand why your teeth are changing color, you first have to understand the science behind them. Your teeth, although small, are rather complicated structures. 

Each tooth has a different job to do, like cutting, chewing, and ripping, but they all have the same structure. One of the deepest layers of your teeth is called the dentin. This is where the flesh of your teeth, along with a network of nerves, live. Dentin is yellowish-brown in color.

The dentin is covered and protected by an extremely hard surface called the enamel. This rock-hard substance is what makes your teeth white. 

When the enamel is worn down or stained, your dentin shows through. Here are the top five foods and bad habits that lead to dingy denticles.

#1 Your oral hygiene is lacking

Do you rush through or completely neglect your oral hygiene routine? Is the floss in the back of your medicine cabinet years old? If so, your poor brushing and flossing skills might be to blame for your discoloration. 

Leaving the remnants of food, drink, and daily debris on your teeth can cause the enamel to disintegrate and your teeth to change color. 

Talk to Dr. Lalezarian and Dr. Baradaran about how you can up your oral hygiene game and reverse the effects of discoloration. 

#2 You drink colorful beverages

From dark brown sugary sodas to the rich black of coffee and deep hue of your favorite wine, it’s likely that you’re drinking your way to discolored teeth. Beverages with lots of pigments like coffee, wine, soda, and even tea can be to blame for your less-than-white smile. 

#3 You use tobacco products

Smoking causes a whole slew of health problems and just as many cosmetic concerns, including discolored teeth. Smoke from cigarettes and the residue from chewing tobacco can cause your teeth to go from shiny to soiled. 

#4 You’re eating color-rich foods

Are you a berry buff? A fruit fan? Then chances are you’re favorite snack is the culprit behind your discolored teeth. Constantly consuming these pigment-dense treats can be great for your health but can stain your teeth if not properly brushed away later. 

#5 You’re getting too much fluoride

Fluoride is great for oral health, especially for children, but if you’re taking fluoride supplements, brushing with fluoride-enhanced toothpaste, or simply being exposed to too much fluoride, your teeth could be turning color as a result. 

Reversing the effects of discoloration

You may have read our list of top teeth aggressors and started to panic. We’re here to calm your nerves and show you just how easy it can be to get your smile back. 

We offer the most advanced teeth-whitening technology and give you plenty of options that will work best for you. 

You begin with an evaluation to determine if you have any other problems beyond your stained teeth like sensitivity, infections, and decay. Once those issues are dealt with, Dr. Lalezarian and Dr. Baradaran give you the choice between in-office and at-home whitening. 

Our in-office whitening process uses a medical-grade LED lamp to blast away the stains and leave you with whiter teeth after just one treatment. You can opt for at-home whitening with the Zoom whitening system if that’s more convenient. 

No matter what has caused your discoloration, our doctors can erase the past and restore your smile. You can be proud of your teeth once more with our advanced whitening methods. 

If you have more questions or are interested in getting started with a consultation, call our office or schedule an appointment online today. 

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