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If tooth discoloration is making you hesitant to flash your pearly whites, there’s hope! While stains can appear on your teeth due to a variety of causes, there are also solutions that can help. At New Albany Family Dentistry, we know how important a healthy, vibrant smile is to one’s self-esteem. Today we’re going to offer some solutions for common causes of tooth stains.

Staining Food and Drinks: Coffee, tea, red wine, along with deep-colored berries and sauces can all leave stains behind on your teeth.

Solution: Switching from berries to apples, oranges, and grapes and sipping through a straw to limit contact on the teeth can help keep them from discoloring.

Genetics: Sometimes the family tree can cause you to end up with yellowish or off-white coloring.

Solution: It’s not impossible to lighten genetically stained teeth; speak with our dentist about effective teeth whitening options.

Aging: Over the years as your enamel wears thin and discoloration lingers, the yellower dentin layer under the enamel can show through.

Remedy: Your dentist can give you enamel-building toothpaste and also provide effective teeth whitening options.

Tobacco: No matter how you like your tobacco, this habit, unfortunately, leaves you with unsightly stains along with the destruction of healthy gum tissue.

Solution: The best solution is to stop smoking or chewing tobacco. Kick the habit and your smile (and health) will thank you.

Over-the-counter products: You may have experimented with over the counter whitening toothpaste and oral rinses without much improvement.

Solution: Professional dental bleaching methods offer prime results, and you can use whitening toothpaste and rinses to help maintain this brightness.

If you are in the New Albany, Ohio, area and you have unsightly tooth stains, we invite you to call 614-656-4379 and schedule a visit with our dental care specialists at New Albany Family Dentistry. Our dentist, Dr. Timothy Backiewicz is happy to provide you with take-home whitening trays to help restore your beautiful smile!