Interested In Keeping Teeth Bright From Home?

Over time, various factors can cause our teeth to become stained. In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentist is looking at the causes of teeth stains, and what steps you can take to keep your smile bright until we can see you again for cosmetic treatments like professional teeth whitening.

The Factors Behind Teeth Stains

Why do our teeth become stained over time? A number of factors could lead to discoloration. For example, when we don’t brush and floss properly, and we consume foods high in sugar and starch, this crates plaque buildup on the outside of the teeth, which makes discoloration more visible and also increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Beverages with tannins and dark pigments also discolor teeth, including coffee, red wine, tea, and soda. If you smoke or use other tobacco products, this could cause stains to form as well.

Preventive Care

First, avoid using tobacco products. Not only do you keep your teeth bright, but you also lower the risks of gum disease and tooth loss, as well as multiple types of cancers. You should also cut back on drinks with dark pigments, or follow them with a glass of water to help rinse away tannins. Consider eating healthier food items that contain fewer sugar and starch particles, such as fruits and veggies. In fact, some vegetables and fruit could help scrub away plaque as you consume them. Finally, make sure you brush and floss your teeth daily to remove food particles and control plaque until we can clean your teeth or other teeth whitening treatments.

The Downsides of OTC Systems

Remember, many whitening toothpastes could contain abrasive agents that remove discoloration, but also potentially weakened enamel over time. Whitening strips could cause tooth sensitivity and if used improperly, could lead to a translucent appearance in the teeth. Be wary of home remedies too, as oil pulling, charcoal toothpastes, and vinegar have been known to cause stomaches and less than stellar results. If you have any questions about how to protect your smile’s health and beauty, or about our cosmetic treatment options we can use to help you obtain brighter smile in the future, then contact our team today. Working together, we can keep our smiles strong!


Routine care not only protects your oral health, but your smile’s beauty as well. People of all ages benefit for smile healthy diets and routine brushing and flossing too. To schedule an appointment with the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic, contact our Austin, MN dental office today by calling 507-437-6312. Our office welcomes patients from Austin, MN and surrounding communities.