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Do you want a beautiful smile for a lifetime? If so, it’s important to avoid tainting your chompers. This means you need to do what you can to prevent tooth discoloration. Unfortunately, there are many things that can change the color of your smile. Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent it. Our dental team in Richmond, VA, and Chamberlayne, VA, is happy to tell you about those things.

First, avoid the main offenders, like tooth-staining foods and drinks as well as tobacco. Our rule is that if it can stain fabric, then it can stain your smile. So, you should avoid using tobacco and drinking black teas, wine, colored sodas, and coffee. You should also avoid eating things like deeply colored sauces and some dark fruits and vegetables.

Second, use a straw when possible. If you use a straw when drinking stain-causing beverages, the chances of tooth discoloration reduce because the drink skips the teeth altogether. So, try to drink your drinks through a straw as often as possible.

Third, rinse your mouth. Rinsing your mouth with water after consuming a stain-causing food or drink can help reduce the chances of discoloration. This is because the water washes the substances away.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to maintain white teeth in Richmond, VA, and Chamberlayne, VA, please reach out to Morrison Dental Group at 804-261-4020. Our dental team is more than happy to give you the answers and information you’re looking for!