Could these common habits be causing discolouration and staining to your teeth?
There are several things your dentist may be able to do for you to whiten your teeth, but there are a number of ways you can help to protect your enamel from stains in your everyday life. Here are five things which could be staining your pearly whites, and what you can do to limit their effects.
Surprisingly, the nation’s favourite beverage is worse for staining your teeth than coffee. Its dark pigmentation, acidity, and tannins will all contribute to the discolouration of teeth over time. To help combat the staining effect, rinse your mouth with water after finishing your cup. Swishing a mouthful of water around your teeth will help to wash away any residue and help to keep your teeth white.
In addition to a whole range of potentially fatal conditions linked to smoking, the tar and nicotine present in cigarettes can cause yellow or brown stains on your teeth. During repeated exposure, these substances work their way in to the microscopic openings in tooth enamel and lead to discolouration. To avoid tobacco staining, giving up smoking is your best option, but brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between your teeth once a day can help to fight the effects of staining. It’s best to avoid ‘smoker’s toothpaste’ though, as this is usually very abrasive and can damage teeth.