Why Do Teeth Darken?

Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

Just about everyone's teeth become discolored. Our teeth are naturally susceptible to staining. To combat teeth stains, dentists offer safe, effective teeth whitening systems that can be completed either in-office or in the comfort of your own home. You can also prevent tooth discoloration by avoiding staining agents. Factors contributing to teeth staining include:

  • Coffee, tea and red wine
  • Acidic and sugary foods
  • Poor dental hygiene habits
  • Certain medications
  • The natural aging process
  • Genetic predisposition

By avoiding or cutting back on certain foods and beverages, you may be able to reduce teeth staining. You can also prevent tooth discoloration by practicing good oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Receiving dental cleanings every six months not only encourages oral health, cleanings can also brighten your teeth. Despite vigilant avoidance of staining substances, you will most likely still experience some degree of tooth discoloration. Teeth whitening from the dentist's office is a painless way to brighten your smile. For immediate results, in-office whitening requires just an hour in the dentist's chair. If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, gel-containing trays can whiten your teeth in just a couple of weeks. For teeth whitening in Glendale, Arizona, please contact experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox at Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry to schedule a consultation.