Robert B. Ruyak, DMD

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Avoiding Staining

We all know that poor dental hygiene can yellow teeth. Do you know exactly how it works? Dr. Robert B. Ruyak, DMD offer professional teeth whitening to counteract this process. Keep reading to find out how teeth become yellow and how to avoid it!

Plaque is a thin layer of bacteria that forms on your teeth throughout the day. When plaque is not brushed away, it can contribute to staining as well as hold in stain-causing debris close to the enamel. When stains penetrate the enamel, the discoloration goes deep into the dentin, which in turn discolors the whole tooth. The first lesson in keeping teeth white involves brushing away that plaque. Brush your teeth after meals and before bed to keep plaque away. Flossing is also important for keeping a white smile; floss once per day.

In addition to good hygiene, dark foods, liquids, and tobacco use can also lead to darkened teeth. Limit dark drinks like coffee and cola, and try to drink them through a straw when you do have them. You should also be aware of the dark foods you consume and rinse your mouth after eating them. Smoking and other forms of tobacco will stain your teeth, your breath, and wreak havoc on the rest of your oral and overall health. The best rule for tobacco is to quit.

In addition to good at-home care, visit your dentist for routine cleanings to keep your teeth sparkly. To learn about our professional whitening, schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert B. Ruyak, DMD in our Bethlehem, PA office. To schedule, call (610) 861-0777 or visit our website,

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