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If you’ve had your teeth whitened, you may have noticed that over time, your white smile begins to dull. Why is that? And what can you do to prevent it? Stanford Dental is happy to tell you all about it.

Your teeth are white because they are protected by a hard outer layer called tooth enamel. Underneath your enamel is a softer, yellow substance called dentin. When your teeth turn yellow, it’s a sign that the enamel has worn down and that little specks of dentin are showing. Your teeth can also be stained other colors, like purple or brown. These have various causes, such as what you consume and the medication you take.

If you want to keep your pearly-whites shining bright, here are some things you can do:

-Avoid dark liquids such as red wine, tea, and coffee. These have teeth staining properties.
-Quit using tobacco products. The tar and nicotine in the tobacco are very potent teeth-stainers.
-Avoid oral trauma. After any dental injury, your teeth will naturally create more dentin to protect your teeth, yellowing them.
-Strengthen your tooth enamel using fluoride based products.
-Use whitening toothpaste to remove minor stains.
-Check your medication’s side effects to make sure that tooth discoloration is not one of them.

To learn more or to have a tooth whitening treatment with our fantastic Ballwin, Missouri, dentist, please don’t hesitate to give Stanford Dental a call at your earliest convenience. We look forward to helping you!