What is it that you don’t like about your smile?

For many people, the answer is the same: They dislike the fact that their teeth aren’t as white as they once were. Age and genetics can both play a role in diminishing the brilliance of your smile. But so can many of the foods and drinks you enjoy on a daily basis!

So in today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to look at six of the worst offenders when it comes to things that stain your teeth. Then we’ll tell you more about your options for professional teeth whitening. Let’s get started!

#1: Your Evening Glass of Red Wine

After a long day at work, it’s natural to want to unwind with a nice glass of red wine. Red wine not only helps you relax, but it also may have some benefits for your health when enjoyed in moderation. Unfortunately, the same is not true for your smile.

As red wine is made from grapes with the skin still on them, it contains a tremendous amount of natural dyes and tannins. Both of these items combine to leave you with stained teeth.

#2: Your Morning Cup of Coffee

Many of us can’t imagine starting our day without a cup of fresh-roasted coffee. Unfortunately, your morning caffeine boost also contains tannins and natural dyes to stain your teeth. Microscopic remnants of coffee grounds also tend to stick to the microscopic pits and ridges of your teeth. Much like red wine, your coffee can leave your teeth stained and unpleasant looking.

#3: The Pop You Drink at Lunch

Pop, even diet pop, is acidic. The acid from the pop can weaken the enamel of your teeth, leaving them vulnerable to stain-causing bacteria and plaque. That’s to say nothing about what the artificial dyes and colors in pop can do to discolor your teeth. You may try drinking pop through a straw to lessen these risks, but if you regularly consume soda pop, you may end up with some stains on your teeth.

#4: The Fruit You Have for Breakfast

Here’s a rule of thumb that’s easy to remember: If it can stain your hands, it can stain your teeth. Imagine you had a handful of cherries you picked in Traverse City. Now imagine squeezing those cherries in your hands. Your hands would likely have the residue of a red stain, even after washing them. The same is true for your teeth!

#5: The White Bread on Your Sandwich

White bread is delicious, and you probably eat a lot more of it than you realize. Maybe you use it to make a sandwich, or have a slice of it with some Nashville-style hot chicken. But white bread contains a tremendous amount of sugar and simple carbohydrates. When you chew the bread, these sugars and simple carbohydrates act as a magnet for stain-causing plaque.

Item #6: Any Nicotine or Tobacco Products You Use

If you smoke, you probably already know about all the potential health risks. But you may not know that smoking or using other tobacco or nicotine products (including e-cigarettes or vaping devices) can also leave behind nasty stains on your smile. Nicotine in particular has a tendency to leave behind a yellow stain on everything it touches, including your teeth!

Have Your Teeth Professionally Whitened at Plymouth Dentistry

Sick of living with stains on your teeth or even yellowed teeth? Then do something about it!

We offer a variety of professional teeth whitening services at our comfortable and modern office. One of our most popular choices is the Sapphire Whitening System. This amazing technology combines laser technology with hydrogen peroxide whitening gel to deliver amazing results. We can often get your teeth several shades whiter in just about a half-hour.

We also offer take-home whitening kits if you’d prefer to whiten your teeth. This cost-effective solution is much stronger and more effective than do-it-yourself whitening products you can find in stores. Plus, they won’t irritate your gums and cause sensitivity like those do-it-yourself whitening products!

Ready for a smile that dazzles your friends? Then make an appointment with your home for cosmetic dentistry in Michigan, Plymouth Dentistry. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about professional teeth whitening, including our amazing Whitening for Life program. Call us today at (734) 224-4359.