One of the most appreciated advancements in dentistry in the last decade has been the development of white fillings. Also referred to as tooth-colored fillings, white fillings allow patients to have cavities filled without the embarrassment of dark spots on their teeth from amalgam fillings. White fillings are a very subtle way to restore the teeth without anyone else being aware that there was every dental work done. These fillings are ideal for most people, yet some people are not aware of this option.
Yet, as with your natural teeth, white fillings can become discolored and stained. Choosing to go with white fillings is an excellent choice for those who are concerned with the aesthetics of their smile. Still, frequent exposure to staining foods or beverages will eventually discolor the white fillings. With a little care and precaution, you can prevent stains on white fillings so that your teeth will look attractive for years to come. Below are simple steps to help your white fillings stay white:
- Avoid foods and beverages that are notorious for causing stains and discolorations. Coffee, tea, red wine, dark-colored fruits, and even acidic foods are infamous for causing stains on tooth enamel. While permanently avoiding these things is not necessary, it’s just important to be aware of what you eat and drink and how it affects your smile. If you do partake in one of the foods or beverages mentioned above, rinsing your mouth and brushing your teeth shortly afterward can help prevent stains.
- Do not smoke. This should be a priority for everyone to achieve good health, but it is also essential to know that smoking wreaks the mouth. Tobacco use of any kind can leave stains on the teeth in a very short time. If you are restoring your smile with white fillings, don’t ruin them by smoking.
- Make oral health a priority. By flossing daily and brushing at least twice a day, you are already putting in the effort to protect your smile. With good choices and proper oral care, you can prevent stains on white fillings.
At Peninsula Dentistry, we are pleased to offer white fillings. If you are interested in white fillings, are concerned with stains on your fillings, or have any other dental concerns, please call our practice to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you.