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Do you brush and floss your teeth but still notice stains in your smile? Are your teeth losing their luster? The foods and drinks you consume might be contributing to tooth discoloration, especially if you have naturally occurring irregularities in your tooth enamel or cracks in the tooth because of grinding and clenching habits breaking down enamel.

Thankfully, there are things you can do to help your teeth stay white and bright. Today, Dr. Lewis and Dr. Kelly are pleased to share some tips for you in Christiansburg, Virginia, to enjoy more attractive teeth. Let’s take a look!

— If your favorite drinks include coffee, tea, soda or juice, you are not alone. When drinking these kinds of beverages, using a straw will minimize the liquid’s contact with your front teeth where stains are most noticeable. If you are a regular tea drinker, adding milk will help weaken the staining effect of the tea. After you drink these kinds of drinks, swish your mouth with water to remove residue. You can also chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production and wash away residue if you can’t brush and floss.

— After you brush and floss, take the time to rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash. These three defensive maneuvers help you win the battle against plaque, which hardens onto the teeth and gives stains something to adhere to.

— Maintain regularly scheduled dental cleanings every six months to remove plaque and tartar buildup on your smile. We will also check for stains on your teeth and can offer tooth whitening treatment if necessary.

— If you are a tobacco user and need another reason to quit, tooth staining is it. No matter how you use it, chewing or smoking it, tobacco will stain your pearly whites. Consider checking into a smoking cessation if you are ready to make a change.

If you need additional teeth whitening, Dr. Lewis and Dr. Kelly and our team at Christiansburg Dental are happy to help. We offer professional teeth whitening for your smile in Christiansburg, Virginia and the neighboring areas. Just give us a call at 540-257-6995 and get your smile back on track!