March 31, 2016
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Since your smile is one of the first things people notice, it’s no wonder people are willing to invest good money in protecting their pearly whites. Dr. Leix and her staff work to educate their patients on the importance of dental health and how it impacts the brightness of their smile long-term. Whether you’re considering professional teeth whitening or have already begun the process, it’s helpful to understand how your lifestyle can affect the appearance of your smile.


Several factors can cause your teeth to change colors, including diet and lifestyle. Here are a few examples:



  • Age
    Dentin is a hard tissue that is located directly underneath the enamel of your teeth. As we age, this dark layer becomes visible as the enamel wears down as a result of brushing.
  • Food and Drink
    Beverages like coffee, tea, dark sodas and red wine can cause tooth staining. These delicious drinks contain strong color pigments that can change the color of your teeth. Additionally, certain types of richly pigmented foods such as blueberries, strawberries or even ketchup can also cause tooth staining.


  • Medications
    Certain kinds of medications can cause tooth discoloration, including antihistamines and drugs for high blood pressure. Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can also cause teeth darkening.
  • Smoking and Tobacco Use
    Tobacco product use can cause teeth to yellow and stain. Two particular chemicals in these kinds of products, tar and nicotine, are the main culprits.



Proper dental hygiene is always the first step in combating tooth discoloration. But sometimes, even when patients take the appropriate precautions, tooth discoloration can still occur. Professional teeth whitening can help restore that lustrous smile and get your teeth back to sparkling-white status. It’s also the safest and most effective whitening option. If you’re concerned about tooth discoloration and would like more information about our in-office teeth whitening process, contact us at 815-455-8186.