Have you noticed your teeth aren’t as white as they used to be and maybe not as white as you’d like? There are many things that can make your teeth lose their luminosity. But the good news is there are just as many ways to reverse teeth stains and prevent them from happening in the first place.
If you’re looking for tips on how to prevent staining your teeth, you’re in the right place! Everyone wants to have a beautiful, bright smile, and there are ways to achieve and preserve this.
Yellowing of the teeth is a lot of the time, completely inevitable, and it can occur from a range of factors such as genetics, disease, bad habits, medications or trauma to the teeth. Fortunately, Coolangatta Dental Group have some pointers on how to prevent tooth stains so you can incorporate them into your life and carry on confidently smiling.
If you regularly consume coffee, tea, or red wine, there is a high chance that these are affecting the whiteness of your smile. For coffee and tea, one way to avoid staining is to add milk to lighten the colour of the drink. The darker and more concentrated your drink is, the faster your teeth will become stained – this is due to the acidity. Milk will bind with these staining acidic agents and actually protect your teeth from their effects!
As for red wine, the main cause of staining is the dark, naturally occurring compounds in the grape skin called tannins. If you enjoy red wine, the best way to prevent staining is to brush your teeth before you begin drinking, as there will be no plaque for the tannins to attach to. Sipping water and eating while drinking wine will also help minimise staining.
If you can’t live without a tall glass of iced tea on a summer afternoon but want to do your best to prevent stains, a good tip is to drink it through a straw. By doing so, the beverage passes your teeth so the liquid will avoid contact with your teeth — particularly the teeth that show when you smile. For best results, put the straw at least halfway into your mouth to prevent your drink from hitting the outsides of your teeth.
Professional Cleans & Hygiene
Plaque buildup, a white, hard material that forms on your teeth, forms a sticky film that stains love to grip to. Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, flossing, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash all help reduce plaque and keep your teeth white. You should make an appointment with your dentist at least twice a year to get a professional cleaning and polish. You can also ask your dentist about teeth whitening if you want your teeth to really shine before a special event like a wedding or birthday.
Teeth Whitening Through Dental Laser
Our dentists at Coolangatta Dental Group, know the needs of patients, and hence, can provide a personalised, pain-free whitening service through the use of our ultra-modern Dental Laser machine. We are equipped with knowledge and training to ensure safe and fast teeth whitening treatments to remove or reduce the appearance of tooth stains. After our dental professionals administer your teeth whitening treatment, you’ll be able to maintain your glowing smile with our take-home teeth whitening products, made perfectly to the shape of each of your individual teeth for a flawless finish.
While teeth whitening treatments at Coolangatta Dental Group are more convenient and effective than ever, it’s important to note that dental restorations, including bonding, veneers, crowns, bridges, dentures or implants cannot be whitened.
Taking care of your teeth is all about honing healthy habits. With just a few simple lifestyle changes, you may be able to prevent tooth discoloration. If you’re a coffee drinker, consider cutting back or finding an alternative beverage. And if you smoke, seek help to quit as smoking also affects much more than your dental health. Up your dental hygiene game by brushing and flossing daily and get regular dental check-ups and cleanings every six months. If your teeth appear to be an abnormal color that lasts, despite your best oral hygiene efforts, and if other symptoms are also present, we advise to see a dental provider as soon as possible. Make an appointment at any of our Coolangatta Dental Group clinics by clicking here.