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Did you know that your tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, including your bones? Even so, tooth enamel is vulnerable to discoloration. This means regularly consume staining foods can affect your smile.

Fortunately, certain foods stain more than others, and a good rule of thumb is, if it can stain your clothes, it can affect your pearly whites. Let’s take a look to see if any of your favorites make the list and what you can to protect your smile!

  • coffee
  • tea
  • soda
  • wine
  • cranberry juice
  • tomato sauce
  • soy sauce
  • blueberries
  • beets

Did one or more of your favorites make the list? If so, there is help! Dr. Mike Roussel and our team in Albuquerque, New Mexico can restore your pearly whites with our tooth whitening treatment. We use the Sinsational Smile® whitening method to reduce stains and yellowing in just 20 minutes! With teeth whitening, your teeth can be 4 to 6 times whiter. We offer both in-office or at-home treatment for your convenience.

You can also actively work to keep your smile bright by taking some protective measures. After eating or drinking staining foods, take a moment to rinse your mouth and clean your teeth after eating. This simple preventative measure removes oral debris that might linger on your enamel. Brush, floss, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash prevents the buildup of plaque. Stains can adhere to plaque because of its sticky nature, so ridding yourself of that makes a difference.

Next, use a straw to drink your favorite beverages limits the liquid’s contact with your teeth. This allows you to safely drink through a straw to enjoy your favorite teas or coffees, juices, and sodas without worrying about unsightly side effects.

Having your teeth routinely cleaned professionally by our team lets us remove hardened plaque while helping you prevent tooth decay and gum disease. During your visit, Dr. Mike Roussel will also determine if you need additional whitening to maintain your smile.

If you are ready to schedule your next visit or want more information on how to protect your smile, please call our My Dentist Albuquerque team in Albuquerque, New Mexico at 505-881-4365. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a confident smile!