If the stains in your teeth ever become too out-of-hand, you can always visit our dentist for a whitening treatment. But if you want to avoid a treatment altogether, there are certain steps you can take to prevent stains from accumulating. The biggest stain offenders are wine, tea, and berries, but these often contain valuable antioxidants that you need to stay healthy. So although it would not be wise to cut these out of your diet completely, you can minimize their impact.
Use a straw when drinking highly-colored or acidic beverages. This keeps a large portion of the beverage away from the teeth, which reduces the amount of staining caused by soda, tea, and juices.
Although it might be fun to swish your drink around your mouth for a few seconds, that just means there are a few extra seconds where the drink comes into contact with your teeth. But do not swallow so quickly as to cause choking.
Brushing your teeth is recommended after every meal, but you may not always have a toothbrush on hand to do it. At the very least, swish you mouth with water for a few seconds after you eat or drink something. This can wash away bacteria and staining agents.
Schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles teeth whitening dentist to learn more about properly caring for your teeth.