Have you thought about your New Year’s resolution? If not, we would like you to consider your smile. Starting in January, why not make a few changes to help ensure your smile stays brighter and healthier? We have a few options for our Kansas City, MO, patients to maintain better oral health!

Why Are My Teeth Stained?

When we consume drinks with dark pigments, such as coffee, soda, and tea, our teeth develop discoloration. Likewise, food and drink high in sugar and starch promote plaque buildup, causing stains to become more apparent. Smoking and poor oral hygiene also lead to stains forming on our smiles. Understanding the causes of your discoloration can help us choose the best options for removing stains and keeping your teeth bright.

Is Professional Whitening Better Than OTC?

We offer our patients professional teeth whitening options, which help them achieve smiles brightened by multiple shades. However, patients often ask about store bought systems. While there are strips, toothpastes, and rinses that offer whitening, the results don’t compare to professional treatments, and smiles don’t stay as bright for as long. For optimal results, you should talk to your dentist about professional teeth whitening.

The Benefits of Routine Care

After we help brighten your smile, we will discuss ways to keep your teeth bright and help your results last for longer periods. For example, when you brush twice a day and floss before bed, you limit how much plaque forms on your teeth. A routine dental cleaning every six months to remove plaque also brightens your teeth. Finally, be sure to drink more water and cut back on sugary foods and drinks. Also, if you smoke, quit. In addition to ensuring a brighter smile, you’ll also limit your risk of developing cancer.


At Bailey Dental Care, from preventive dentistry to restorative treatments, we’re ready to help you enjoy a more attractive and healthier smile. To learn more about our general and restorative treatments, schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.