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Can i remove my deep yellow stained tobacco teeth from just brushing and flossing every day from here on out? or will the deep yellow ones stay yellow. how long if i can?

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Dr. Jonathan Scharf
Cosmetic Dentistry 49 years experience
The : The chances of you removing that intense stain yourself are slim, but i'm certain that you have a better chance by letting a hygienist carefully polish them out. The bigger issue is what your smoking is doing to your health. I'm sure you weren't looking for a lecture on this but after the stain is removed try to see a "stop smoking" doc to clear your teeth and lungs at the same time. Best of luck!
Dr. Neil McLeod
Prosthodontics 49 years experience
If : If your teeth are badly stained now you will need to have them professionally cleaned to remove the extrinsic discoloration, and whitened to get the penetrated color to become reduced in color. Then, if you abstain from highly pigmented food and don't smoke any more, there is a chance you may decrease the rate at which stain accumulates. Smoking is an unfortunate habit with nasty side effects the least of which is that it makes your teeth look ugly. May i suggest reducing smoking or eliminating it, increase the frequency of professional cleaning and brush and floss really well particularly every night. Good luck! dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts.
Dr. Alan Zweig
Dentistry 45 years experience
It : It would certainly be a good idea to step up your oral hygiene techniques, but for the health of of your gums, not to remove stains. Most of the stains on your teeth are deeply set into the enamel. You would need to use some tooth whitening materials to chemically treat the enamel and remove or mask the stains.
Dr. Don Millner
Cosmetic Dentistry 43 years experience
Probably not: Deep stains are usually below the surface of the enamel and usually require tooth whitening to correct. Brushing long and hard will just cause toothbrush abrasion and gum recession. Try an otc whitener or have your dentist give it a go.

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