What Causes Stained Teeth?

A major misconception that people have about stained teeth is that the condition is caused by poor or nonexistent brushing. But believe it or not, even the most cared-for teeth can turn yellow or brown due to exposure to food, beverage, cigarette, and medicines. Being aware of the staining culprits can help you minimize the discoloration of your own teeth.

  1. Cola, red fruit juices and red wine are all acidic, and when served cold cause teeth pores to expand, setting the ground for staining.
  2. Black Tea and coffee are also acidic, and when served hot cause teeth pores to expand which could cause staining.
  3. Curries, berries, and soy sauce also stain the teeth.
  4. Tobacco - whether in the form of chewing tobacco, cigarettes, pipes or cigars – will stain your teeth with continuous use.
  5. Excessive levels of fluoride in drinking water can cause brownish stains on the teeth, particularly among children. Never give your children fluoride supplements without your dentist's approval.
  6. Tetracycline and its derivatives, such as minocycline and doxcycline can cause tooth discoloration among children, and minocycline can cause tooth discoloration among adults.
  7. Illness in utero or in childhood can cause permanent discoloration of the teeth.
  8. Tooth trauma and tooth decay can diminish your tooth's natural white luster.

Keeping stains away

The best way to prevent stains on your teeth is to completely avoid all the foods, beverages and tobacco products that cause stains in the first place. Aside from the fact that tobacco is one of the worst culprits with regard to staining teeth, smoking is also bad for your gums and your health in general.

But if it is not possible or desirable for you to give up some of your favorite foods or longtime habits, then improving your dental hygiene is the next best alternative.

  1. Make sure to at least rinse your mouth with water or a dental rinse after it comes in contact with the offending substances.
  2. Eat a balanced diet which includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, as the vitamins and minerals they contain will bolster your dental health and clean teeth.
  3. Brush regularly with a toothpaste your dentist recommends, to remove plaque after eating.
  4. Visit your dentist for biannual cleaning, which can remove both plaque and the beginnings of any unsightly stains.

One interesting way to keep in mind the things that might cause your teeth to become discolored is this: if it can stain a carpet, it can stain your teeth.

For more information, check out dentists such as Prairie Mall Dental Clinic.    


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