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A bright white smile makes a good first impression and says a lot about you. This prompts many people to want to investigate their teeth whitening options. Understanding the primary cause of the staining will help you to select the right whitening products and procedures to meet your whitening goals.

Foods like chocolate, tomato sauce, and certain berries can stain the enamel of your teeth. Enjoying these foods in moderation might only cause a minor amount of staining that can often be resolved with a whitening toothpaste, whitening strips and the polishing procedure during your regular dental checkup.

Certain beverages and dark drinks can also cause stains on teeth. To improve your whitening efforts, you should try to drink coffee, tea, green tea and dark soft drinks in moderation. If you want to enjoy these beverages more often you might consider drinking them through a straw.

Regular tobacco use can deeply stain tooth enamel in a very short amount of time. If you are a tobacco user, you should consider talking to your physician about finding the right cessation program for you. In most cases tobacco stains on teeth can be so deep that they can only be resolved with an in-office dental bleaching procedure.

If you have questions about the cause of the stains on your teeth, or you would like to explore your whitening options, please feel free to call us at 802-879-7811 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you find the best method for having the bright white smile you’ve always wanted!