How Do I Keep My Teeth Bright While At Home?

At the moment, receiving professional whitening treatments isn’t possible, as we’re only offering emergency care for our Des Moines, IA, patients. With that in mind, what can you do to keep your smile bright and avoid discoloration until we can offer cosmetic treatment? If you have any questions about keeping your smile bright and vibrant, then contact our team today.

The Causes of Teeth Stains

Why do our teeth become stained over time? Well, a number of factors could cause this, such as poor oral hygiene. When we don’t brush and floss properly, and we eat a diet high in sugars and starches, this creates plaque buildup, which coats the teeth and makes stains more visible. The buildup also boosts the risks of tooth decay and gum disease, too! When we consume beverages with dark pigments or tannins, this could also stain the teeth. These drinks include coffee, tea, red wine, and soda. Smoking or using tobacco products could also cause unsightly yellow and brown stains (as well as an elevated risk of cancer).

Preventive Measures

To help lower your risk, we suggest cutting back on drinks with tannins and dark pigments, and if you do enjoy one, follow it up with a glass of water to cleanse your smile. Quit smoking or using other tobacco products too. Try to add healthier food options to your meals and snacks, such as fruits, veggies, nuts, cheeses, and whole grain crackers. Make time to thoroughly clean your smile each day. When you wake up and once more before bed, you should brush for about two minutes. You should also floss up and down each side of every tooth before bed as well. These actions help protect your oral health and reduce the severity of future stains.

What About Store Bought Systems?

We urge caution when it comes to store bought options. For example, whitening toothpastes may contain abrasive agents that could inadvertently damage enamel if you brush too hard. Strips have been linked to tooth sensitivity and if used improperly, a translucent appearance to the teeth. Then there are the home remedies, such as oil pulling, charcoal toothpastes, and vinegar, which offer barely noticeable results but could cause stomachaches and discomfort! If you have any questions about keeping your smile bright, then contact our team today.


Our team knows how important an attractive smile is, which is why we want you to know how to avoid serious discoloration until we can see you once more. To learn more about maintaining a bright and beautiful smile, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.