Surprising Causes Of Smile Stains

You might think you already know all about what causes dental stains, leaving you in need of cosmetic treatment like Zoom! Whitening, so your smile shines beautifully once more. However, you might be overlooking some common contributors that will leave your smile looking less than brilliant. Just to be on the safe side, we encourage you to step outside of the box and take in some surprising factors that could possibly leave you with a not-so-glowing grin.

Clear Soda

We know. You reach for the clear soda instead of the colas, orange sodas, and grape sodas because you’re being responsible. Unfortunately, when you drink any soda, even the clear stuff, it is very acidic in nature (and may be even more damaging if it contains sugar). This means that is has the ability to slowly eat away at your enamel (outer, protective tooth layer), leaving your teeth much more likely to experience stains from other foods and drinks!

Sports Drinks

Yes, a sports drink is touted as a healthy option for hydration. However, don’t let this confuse you, it’s not water! As for your smile, it’s not better than water either. It’s likely full of dyes that can stain your smile. It’s also extremely acidic, which means you’re not doing yourself any favors and Zoom! Whitening is likely in your future.

Candies You Suck On

When you suck on hard candy or a lollipop, you might think you’re protecting your teeth because the candy remains in the center of your mouth. However, recognize that the sugars and dyes travel throughout your mouth, coating your teeth! So, you’ll still want to rinse and brush after this one (or skip it altogether) to avoid stains. Otherwise, Zoom! Whitening can help. 

Avoid Stains With A Little Help From Us

We can both help you avoid future stains and assist you in addressing current discoloration with cosmetic care. To schedule a visit for in Lake Orion, MI, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213.