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What’s Causing That Stain?

If a whiter smile is something you’re striving for, then you need to start by figuring out what’s causing your teeth to be not-so-bright.

Listed below are the three biggest causes of tooth staining in adult smiles. Which one(s) affect you the most?

Dark Colored Foods and Liquids

Despite our best brushing efforts, the foods we eat tend to leave a mark on our teeth. You can expect that items with dark color pigments will leave heavier stains faster than other foods.

To reduce staining from your diet, try to limit or substitute for these items:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Curry
  • Tomato sauce
  • Berries


Not only is tobacco directly linked to heart disease and lung, throat, and oral cancers, but it also leaves some tenacious stain on tooth enamel.

Early tobacco stains can come off with a good dental cleaning. But years of use can lead to stain that’s too deeply embedded in enamel to just buff away.


Yes, advancing years are also unfortunate contributors to tooth discoloration. This is because enamel wears down over time. As it thins out, the dark yellow-colored dentin layer shows through in greater intensity. That’s why older folks tend to have very yellow teeth.

How To Bleach Stained Teeth

You’ll find that some over-the-counter whitening products can help you keep stain from accumulating. But for a more profound bleaching experience, you’ll need to consult the experts.

To experience professional teeth whitening in Dallas, contact the Preston Sherry Dental Associates. We’ll be happy to set you up with a teeth bleaching regimen designed to help you reach your smile goals. Call us today for an appointment!