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What Causes Stained Teeth And How To Avoid It?

Stained and yellow teeth can affect your confidence in your smile. The best way to keep your smile white and bright is to know what causes staining and how to avoid or remedy it. Here’s some common cases of teeth discoloration and ways to prevent and fix it.

Causes Of Stained Teeth:

Drinking Coffee and Red Wine

Coffee and tea are well known for staining teeth. If you drink it regularly and don’t rinse your mouth out with water after, dark pigments from the coffee and tea can stick to the enamel causing them to darken over time. Red wine is another culprit.

Eating Staining Foods

Any food that is likely to stain your fingers can also stain your teeth. Brightly coloured foods that are known for this include: berries, beetroot, curry sauces, tomato based sauces, and soy sauce. Along with the negative effects sugary lollies have on your teeth, the dyes in them can leave a lasting stain.

Not Drinking Enough Water

Drinking water is important for hydration, but it can also help prevent stains by rinsing away staining substances that are left on your teeth. Australian tap water also has the benefit of fluoride within it which helps protect against tooth decay.

Smoking or Chewing Tobacco

Smoking cigarettes has many negative health effects already. Smoking and chewing tobacco is a major cause of teeth staining as the nicotine and tar reacts with your natural bacteria and sticks to the enamel of your teeth. Smoking is also a common cause of gum disease and oral cancer.

Not Brushing And Flossing

Plaque forming on the surface of your teeth will retain stains. Good oral hygiene helps reduce the build-up of plaque. Make sure to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day.

Other unavoidable causes of teeth staining include health conditions such as celiac disease, certain prescription medications, and aging.

How To Fix Stained Teeth:

Change What You Drink

Stopping drinking coffee and tea is a way to prevent stains. But if you can’t give up entirely, adding milk to your drink helps prevent staining as the casein in milk attaches to the tannins and stops them from staining. However, it does need to be animal milk as non-dairy alternatives do not contain the casein.

Change How You Drink

The more time the tannins from drinks sit on your teeth, the higher chance of staining. You can avoid this by using a straw to drink your tea or coffee. Or you can drink faster. Sipping a coffee for a few hours gives the liquid hours to bathe on your teeth. Finish the drink quickly to give it less time to stain. And make sure to clean your teeth after a cuppa. Brushing your teeth is the best option, but if that’s not practical make sure to swish some water around your mouth to wash away any residue.

Stop Smoking

Quitting smoking or chewing of tobacco is the best way to avoid the nicotine and tar staining your teeth. You also receive many more health benefits when you quit smoking.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening procedures can whiten your teeth by up to 8 shades. We offer Philips Zoom teeth whitening, which uses a whitening agent and chairside lamp to whiten your teeth in under an hour. Keeping up with daily oral hygiene and drinking through a straw helps extend the amount of time your teeth will stay white after treatment.

Veneers and Dental Crowns

Treatments such as veneers and crowns cover your natural teeth and can hide stains that won’t go away. These treatments will match the shape of your natural teeth so no one will be able to tell the difference. Your teeth will need to be filed down, so use this option as a last resort relating to teeth stains and discuss with your dentist if it’s the right course of action.

The specialists at Freedom Dental can help you understand, prevent, and fix teeth staining and give you your confidence back. If you’ve been looking for a dentist in Melbourne with a calming atmosphere, expert team, and who puts their patients’ needs first, make sure to book in with Freedom Dental now through our online form or by giving us a call on (03) 9828 3888.

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6/37-39 Albert Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

Phone: 03 9828 3888


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