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Your tooth enamel has microscopic pores that can trap small staining particles. If the particles are not removed on a daily basis, they can slowly start to penetrate the enamel layer, deeply staining the teeth. The depth of the stains on your teeth will directly influence the whitening products or treatment that Dr. Doris Madrigal recommends.

Brushing your teeth twice a day with a whitening toothpaste is a great way to prevent minor surface stains. However, if stains have been allowed to set into your tooth enamel, the mild whitening agents in the toothpaste will not be strong enough to improve the tooth’s appearance.

To safely and effectively whiten modest to severely stained teeth, you will need your dentist to perform a professional whitening treatment. Once your teeth have been safely whitened, you can use a whitening toothpaste to prevent future stains from setting in.

Just be sure when you’re shopping for whitening toothpaste that you buy a brand that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This seal means that the product has been tested and researched for safety and effectiveness.

If you have questions or concerns about how to improve your stained smile, you should call your DM Family Dentistry dentist at 847-740-8827 to understand your teeth-whitening options in Round Lake Beach, Illinois.