There’s nothing better than having a beautiful pearly white smile. And to maintain great looking teeth, it should be noted that prevention is better than a “cure.” The best way to keep your smile looking bright is to avoid the consumption of staining substances in the first place. And if you’re just undergone teeth whitening or are thinking about seeking it in the future, avoiding stains can help you get the most out of your treatment. Knowing what causes yellow teeth and discolouration is the first step. Check out some of the habits you should avoid if you want to prevent staining your teeth!
1. Drinking coffee, red wine and other teeth-staining beverages
If you drink coffee regularly and don’t rinse your mouth with water after drinking it, the dark pigments in coffee can stick to the enamel surface of teeth, causing them to darken over time.Red wine is another likely teeth stain creator, which is why sipping water intermittently is recommended to help reduce the staining effect. Furthermore, black tea can usually cause more staining than coffee.
2. Eating staining foods
Any food or drink that can stain your skin is also likely to stain your pearly whites! Foods that could stain teeth include berries, beetroot, sticky lollies like toffee and dishes with richly-coloured sauces such as curry sauces, tomato-based sauces and soy sauce. Remember to drink water intermittently when consuming these foods.
3. Not drinking enough water
Drinking the recommended quantity of water throughout the day is not only necessary for hydration, but it can also help to remove stains by rinsing away substances which are stuck on your teeth. If you live in a fluoridated area, drinking tap water with fluoride can also help to preserve your teeth against decay and stains.
There are numerous health reasons to quit smoking already, but tobacco is also a significant cause of teeth stains. Besides stains, smoking is one of the common risk factors for many oral health problems, including gum disease and oral cancer. The sooner you can quit, the sooner your body can start to recover.
5. Drinking acidic beverages
The acidity of some white wines can soften tooth enamel, making teeth more prone to stains from other food and drink. Carbonated soft drinks and sports drinks can also lead to dental stains, as these could contain substantial amounts of acid, sugar and colours. These drinks should ideally be avoided or only consumed in balance.
6. Not brushing and flossing your teeth
Dental plaque that forms on the surfaces of teeth tends to retain the stains, and good oral hygiene helps to reduce the build-up of plaque. Smile Craft Dental recommends that brushing teeth twice a day, preferably with fluoride toothpaste, and using dental floss at least once a day will maintain oral health and reduce the risk of stains.
7. Not visiting the dentist!
A regular check-up with us is another essential cornerstone of a good oral care routine. Smile Craft Dental can check your teeth and gums for early signs of problems and also offer advice about how to help keep your teeth healthy. If you’re interested in a cosmetic treatment, we can help you understand the possible risks and costs involved so you can make an informed decision that’s right for you. Contact us today if you want more advice, or if you are ready for a brighter, whiter smile!