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Many people struggle with stains on their teeth. A stained smile can leave you feeling self-conscious and wanting to explore your whitening options. However, Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz cautions that if you don’t identify and resolve what’s causing the stains on your teeth, then even the most effective whitening routine may only yield temporary results.

It’s a good idea to consult with Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz before starting a new whitening program. That way you can tap into his training and experience to find the safest and most effective way to whiten the stains on your teeth.

Dark beverages, like coffee, tea, green tea, and soft drinks can often be a significant source of staining. You could still enjoy drinking them through a straw. Certain foods like chocolate, tomato sauce, and dark berries have compounds that can also stain tooth enamel. Cutting back on these foods will certainly help. Adding a whitening toothpaste to your oral hygiene routine can reduce staining issues between your regular dental cleaning appointments.

Try to quit or at least cut back on using tobacco products. The tar and chemicals that tobacco use introduces to your mouth can very easily cause deep stains on your teeth. The only way to truly prevent these kinds of stains is to stop using tobacco completely. It’s a good idea to talk to your physician about a cessation program.

If you would like to explore your whitening options or address the underlying source of stains on your teeth, you can call Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz at 818-641-5577 to schedule an appointment.