Teeth stain just like a tea cup, but with good dental hygiene you can help prevent stain build up on your teeth.
Teeth can stain simply through everyday life, with drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine amongst the worst culprits causing stained teeth. Tea and coffee without milk or green tea tends to stain teeth more quickly, as does tea and coffee made with hard water like that we have here in East Devon.
Begin with a good cleaning routine
Just think of your teeth like the inside of your teapot or coffee cup. If you simply rinse the teapot or coffee cup they can quickly build up stain. In much the same way staining can build up on your teeth. A quick clean each day is sometimes not enough to prevent stain build up on your teeth, but a good daily oral hygiene routine at home can really help prevent stain build up. Our team of dental hygienists are here to help and can advise you on the best routine, products and brushes to prevent staining.
Watch the foods that you eat
Other than smoking, food and drink are the biggest sources of staining on our teeth, generally if something would stain your clothes, then it will stain your teeth. As we have already mentioned tea, coffee and red wine can cause staining of your teeth, but there are many others including: tomato based sauces, curry, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, berries, beetroot and cola. Whilst we are not suggesting you stop eating them all as many such as blueberries and blackberries are rich in antioxidants and are good for you, careful choices can help reduce staining of your teeth.
A bit of professional help and a deep clean
Occasionally we have all had to put the tea pot or coffee cup in the dishwasher to give it a deep clean, in the same way our teeth sometimes need a professional clean to get rid of stain that has built up over time and has become difficult to remove with normal dental hygiene. Our dental hygienists are here to help you remove stubborn stain from your teeth and restore the natural colour of your teeth. Book today to see a dental hygienist for a professional clean.