Keeping your teeth looking great goes far beyond just brushing and flossing. Stains and discolouring of your teeth can cause some confidence issues and can really make you feel low, the best way to combat these issues is to look at the cause of the problem and avoid the things that are causing the issues for you. Below are some great ways to avoid staining your pearly whites.
Protecting your enamel
It is important to know that as we grow older the outer layer of the enamel on our teeth starts to wear away and the layer underneath this (dentin) is more yellow in colour. This is more likely to take stains and will naturally look like it is more stained than it actually it, and it is important to protect the enamel on your teeth rather than just whitening frequently and this also counts for avoiding cavities.
Smoking is not only bad for your health, but it is very commonly known to discolour and stain your teeth. Smoke from cigarettes has the ability to reach practically every part of the mouth and as a result it can penetrate the grooves and pits of the enamel on your teeth and cause dark stains of yellow or brown. Smoking is also a major cause of bad breath and should be avoided if possible.
There are many foods that cause stains that you need to watch out for, the most obvious are things like red wine or coffee. Generally the best way to judge whether or not a type of food or drink will stain your teeth is to think about whether or not it would stain an item of clothing, like a white t shirt, usually if these stain your clothing they are very likely to stain your teeth. These types of stains can develop very slowly and are cumulative, every cup of tea or coffee we drink will leave a small amount of staining on the teeth and this can build up over many years, particularly if you drink these very frequently. You must ensure that you monitor how much of these foods and drinks you are consuming, so that staining or discolouring of your teeth does not become an issue.
About the Dentistry
Paul Lowe Dentistry is one of several dentists in Solihull.
31 Farmhouse Way