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Having Dr. Peter T. Mathison perform a teeth-whitening procedure is the safest and most effective way to whiten your smile. However, if you don’t identify and modify the initial cause of the staining issues, they will simple stain your teeth again.

Many dark foods and beverages that can slowly penetrate the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel, to cause minor surface stains. In time these stains can deepen.

It’s a good idea to try to limit foods like chocolate, tomato sauce, and dark berries. Dark beverages, like coffee, tea, green tea, and soft drinks on a regular basis, can also cause significant stains. You can still enjoy these beverages, by drinking them want to drink these beverages through a straw.

Using a whitening toothpaste when you brush your teeth can reduce surface stains caused by these foods and beverages between dental cleanings.

Tobacco use is particularly effective at causing deep stains on tooth enamel. This degree of staining usually can’t be resolved by retail grade tooth whitening products. If you use tobacco on a regular basis, you should talk to your physician about a cessation program.

If you are having trouble identifying the underlying cause of your staining issues, you can call Dr. Peter T. Mathison at (701) 478-4500 to set up a consultation.