Learn The Foods That Can Stain Teeth & Get Teeth Whitening

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If you are less than happy with the shade of your teeth, you should find out if your diet is part of the problem. To get some professional advice on which foods are the worst culprits for tooth stains, call Tocci Dental Associates at 781-304-8172 to book a private consultation with us and maybe even get a professional teeth whitening treatment as well.

For over thirty years our Wellesley, MA dentist office has been helping patients get healthy and dazzlingly beautiful smiles. We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options, including professional whitening options that work better and are safer for your teeth and gums than store-bought bleaching kits and flimsy whitening strips.

Typically, dental insurance companies will not cover cosmetic services because they are not necessarily required for your oral health. But because we understand you may still want to get one and we don’t want financial concerns to stand between you and the smile you want, we accept a variety of payment options, including financing through CareCredit.

We are also currently offering $100 off our in-office whitening treatment as part of our specials and promotions!

We also offer some extended hours for your convenience. We know it can be a hassle to get the dental treatments you want and need when your schedule is so busy. Feel free to contact us to book a late appointment with us since our office stays open until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. We also open early at 7:00 a.m. on:

  • Mondays
  • Tuesdays
  • Thursdays
  • Fridays

Visit Us For Teeth Whitening And Smile Advice To Avoid Stains

Generally speaking, if a food has a dark color, there’s a good chance it can stain teeth if not consumed in moderation. But dark pigments are not the only foes when it comes to keeping your pearly whites looking dazzling and bright. Acidic foods can also cause problems, as can long-lasting ones.

Here are just a few foods you should know can cause tooth stains and discoloration:

  • Cherries and dark berries, like blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries
  • Pomegranates
  • Grapes
  • Suckers and hard candies that last a long time
  • Citrus fruits, like lemons, oranges, limes, and grapefruits
  • Tomatoes (which are both darkly colored and acidic for a double whammy)

And foods are only part of the problem. If you want to avoid staining your teeth, you should also try to consume certain beverages in moderation as well, including:

  • Wine (both red and white)
  • Coffee
  • Sodas and colas
  • Tea (including white and green tea)

Now, we know that there are some absolutely delicious foods and drinks listed above. We’re not trying to tell you to cut these things out of your diet completely. We just want you to know that they can cause stains over time if you’re not careful.

If you do eat or drink any of the foods listed above, rinse your mouth out with warm water after you’re done. Or better yet, brush your teeth shortly after to get rid of any residual food or drink particles.

Maintaining good oral hygiene habits is also a good source of protection from tooth stains. If you’re not already, you should:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day (and after each meal if possible) with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Floss between all of your teeth at least once a day
  • Keep up with regular dental cleanings and exams every six months at Tocci Dental Associates
  • Use a mouthwash or rinse that is approved by the American Dental Association, if recommended or desired

If you do have tooth stains or discoloration and want to get a treatment that will get rid of that problem, we can provide a few options for professional whitening. If you choose to brighten your smile using an in-office treatment, you can pick from the following:

  • Zoom, which produces noticeable results in about an hour
  • KöR, which is one of the most powerful whitening experiences on the market and can brighten your smile by up to sixteen shades
  • BrightSmile, which uses a peroxide-based treatment is able to efficiently whiten your teeth

We also offer take-home treatments so you can improve your smile shade at your convenience. Here are some of the take-home kits we offer:

  • Opalescence, which you’ll use for as little as 30 minutes a day
  • Zoom, which can typically produce the shade you want in about two weeks

Take the first step to brightening your smile with a teeth whitening treatment from Tocci Dental Associates! Call 781-304-8172 or use our online form to book!