Dental One Associates of Cross Keys
2 Village Square, Suite 250, Baltimore, MD 21210

See the Light About What Stains Teeth

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When you look in the mirror, are your faced with discolored teeth? Discover how what you’re drinking can sabotage your smile.

The Danger of Darker Drinks

Surprisingly, many people are unaware of exactly what stains teeth. They’re surprised to learn they hold the answer in the cup they hold in their hands. Dark-colored drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine can leave their mark on your teeth and cause significant staining.

Coffee Brews up Tooth Discoloration

Coffee’s rich, black hue can leave your teeth a much darker shade. And if you think that lightening coffee with cream or milk would cause fewer stains, think again. Coffee retains the same pigments and acids no matter how light you like it.

Tea Leaves you with Stained Teeth

Even though tea’s light brown color is much lighter than the blackness of coffee, tea is actually more likely to stain your teeth. See, tea contains a greater amount of tannins, which bind to the teeth and hold onto stains.

Red Wine will Make you Whine about Stains

Wonder what stains teeth most dramatically? It’s deep, dark red wine. The dark color of red wine can color white teeth. Plus, wine is highly acidic and these acids can erode your smooth tooth enamel, which causes teeth to accept more stains. And while white wine may not color your smile, it also contains the acids that leave teeth more susceptible to stains from other foods and drinks.

How to Drink Dark and Lighten your Risk of Stained Teeth

While staying away from darker drinks is your best defense against stained teeth, it’s the worst-case scenario for many people. To enjoy these drinks occasionally and reduce your risk of tooth discoloration, follow these simple tips:

  • Try to only drink darker beverages at specific times of the day, instead of steadily sipping on them all day.
  • After consuming a dark drink, rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth to reduce staining pigments from sticking and staying on teeth.
  • Brush and floss your teeth regularly as part of your healthy at-home hygiene routine.
  • Get regular professional check-ups and cleanings to allow your dentist to remove any surface stains from teeth.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in The Village of Cross Keys, call Dental One Associates of Cross Keys today at (443) 863-6394 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in The Village of Cross Keys. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Cross Keys, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Cross Keys.

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