Take a bite out of teeth stains

If you’ve ever dropped spaghetti sauce, curry or even a popsicle on your clothes while indulging, you may have noticed a powerful shutterstock_115820041stain. The top foods and beverages that stain your clothing also stain your teeth. These stain causing foods and beverages also include candy, berries, colored sauces, soda, sports drinks and coffee. Since the worst culprits not only stain your teeth and can also cause tooth decay, knowing how to counter the effects of teeth stains can help keep your smile pearly white.

Foods that help counteract teeth stains

  • Apples are not only healthy for your diet because they offer soluble fiber and are high in antioxidants, but they also help produce saliva in the mouth which reduces teeth stains over time. Other foods that increase saliva production include cauliflower and cucumbers.
  • Spinach is considered a super food. It is rich in iron and Vitamin A and helps protect teeth from stains by creating a protective film over the teeth when eaten. Leafy vegetables like kale and lettuce also make a great addition to your natural tooth whitening remedies.
  • Cheese. Rich in protein, calcium, phosphorus and it lowers pH levels to help fight against tooth decay and protect teeth.

In addition to eating the right foods to help keep your teeth protected against staining and decay, switching from high-sugar beverages, like soda, to fluoridated water or green tea (without the added sugar) will also make a difference.  While no foods will replace a quality brushing and flossing dental routine, there are also options for those who need an extra tooth whitening boost.

For people who feel their teeth have turned a few shades too yellow or discolored, there are options available at our dental practice, which include Zoom – an in-office process to help get your teeth their whitest in just over an hour. Our in-home teeth whitening kits are also easy to use and can help you achieve results in around 4 to 6 weeks.

If you have questions on teeth whitening options, we are here to help. Call our office at Shane McDowell Dentistry at (239) 936-0597 or visit our website at www.myfortmyersdentist.com today.

Keep those stains away

We’ve all come across those people who would rather drink white wine instead of red because of the “staining effects”. If you’ve ever had a couple of glasses of red wine, you know you probably noticed those stains right away. But, contrary to popular belief, if you spend the evening sipping on white wine, you will still notice those stains, you’ll just notice them later.stainedmouth_146891180

In a recent study conducted by New York University, researchers compared the staining effects of red and white wine on your teeth by submerging cow teeth in wine for one hour, which are fairly similar to human teeth, according to Mark Wolff, DDS, Ph.D, a professor and chairman of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care at NYU’s College of Dentistry. The researchers then submerged the wine stained teeth in black tea, in an effort to mimic the same exposure you’d get from drinking several cups of tea, if you are a wine drinker. The white wine-soaked teeth had “significantly darker stains” thanks to the way white wine set the stage for staining.

“Red wine is an amazing staining material, but white wine makes the teeth more susceptible to staining,” says Wolff. “When you drink an acidic beverage, you wind up in a scenario where you etch the outer surface of the tooth slightly, making it more susceptible to chemicals that have pigment in them.”

“As a result, white wine drinkers can wind up with stains nearly as intense as red wine drinkers simply by following a glass or two of Chardonnay with tea, coffee or cola,” says Wolff.

The good news? The office of Dr. Shane McDowell has a variety of teeth whitening treatments to help those wine-stained teeth. Dr. McDowell uses a variety of teeth whitening techniques, including Zoom, to get your teeth their whitest and brightest. Zoom teeth whitening is the revolutionary in-office process that gets your teeth their whitest in just over an hour.

Another teeth whitening technique is the professionally dispensed home-use whitening systems, which use a lower-concentration peroxide gel than when having services done in my office. The gel is much stronger than that found in store-bought whitening kits, however, and it is applied using a set of custom-made beaching trays rather than strips, brushes or one-size-fits-all trays used with over-the-counter kits. The results are often better also because the custom trays provide even application to all the teeth, whitening the full smile.

Easy to use, professionally dispensed home-use whitening systems often yield the best long-term results, but the process does take an hour or longer. Sometimes, the gel may need to be applied overnight.

For more information about teeth whitening, please make an appointment with us. You can go online to www.myfortmyersdentist.com/appointments or call 239-936-0597.