Chandler Dentist Examines the Tooth Staining Molecule
Correcting a problem, no matter how big or small, typically depends on understanding its root cause. For instance, there are a plethora of options for whitening your smile, but depending on the origin of your teeth’s stains or discoloration, they may not respond well to certain tooth-whitening options. With understanding comes the power to effectively bring your smile back to life. To help you better preserve the beauty of your smile, Chandler dentist Dr. Arooni examines the mechanisms of a common cosmetic dental problem—food stains.
Nobody Likes a Clinger
Dark foods and beverages, such as coffee, red wine, sodas, berries, and some sauces, can visibly diminish your smile’s glow. The most obvious factor is the dark color of the substances, which is dictated by small particles called chromogens. These molecules are darkly pigmented and have a dominating tendency to adhere to the surfaces of your tooth enamel. This tendency is made worse when oral bacteria convert carbs into acid that weakens your tooth enamel and allows chromogens to cling to it more easily. The darker the chromogens are, the quicker they can stain your teeth as they accumulate on your enamel.
Protect Your Smile’s Pride
Reduce the risk of your food staining your teeth by diligently practicing good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing your teeth helps control dental plaque, which can accumulate on your teeth and gums and stains quicker than your teeth do. Also, inhibiting plaque buildup helps control the bacteria that produce harmful acids to attack your tooth enamel. Rinsing your mouth with water after every meal will help wash away plaque, food debris, and tannins, reducing the chances of permanent staining.
A Brighter Smile with Help from Your Chandler Dentist
If your teeth are already stained and you’d like to learn more about improving its appeal, then schedule an appointment with Dr. Arooni by calling our Chandler dental office at 480-855-1200. Located in the 85224 area, Lakeview Dental Care proudly serves patients from Chandler, Gilbert, Ahwatukee, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, and all surrounding communities.
By Mark Arooni DDS