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A dull, yellow, and stained smile can have a significant adverse effect on your self-esteem. Many people who want a whiter smile will contact their dentist, Dr. Steven J. Brazis, to schedule a dental bleaching treatment. This is the safest way to effectively remove stains from tooth enamel.

Once your teeth have had their luster restored, your dentist can then work with you to identify the things that can cause future stains. Cutting back or eliminating some of the following things will go a long way toward helping you maintain your brilliant smile:

Some foods like chocolate, tomato sauce, and dark berries have compounds that promote stains. Cutting back on these foods will certainly help. You might want to also try brushing your teeth with a whitening toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.

Drinking dark beverages like coffee, tea, green tea, and soft drinks often have a strong concentration of stain-causing particles. You can still enjoy these beverages if you simply drink them through a straw.

Even occasionally using tobacco can cause significant stains in tooth enamel. If you use tobacco on a regular basis, you should strongly consider talking to your doctor about a cessation program. Beyond the obvious health benefits, you will also be able to enjoy your white smile much longer as a non-smoker.

If you are struggling with a dull, yellow or stained smile in Sacramento, California, you should call 916-731-5151 to schedule a whitening consultation..