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Nothing raises your confidence levels quite like a pearly white, sparkling smile. On the other side of the coin, nothing can cause your self-esteem to drop quite like discoloured teeth. If you have noticed that your smile is no longer as shiny and white as it used to be, you may be wondering what is the cause of the problem and, of course, how to remedy it going forward.
Here is everything that you need to know.
What Causes Stained Teeth?
While age plays a substantial role in the colour of your teeth, there are also many lifestyle factors at play that will determine just how long your pearly whites remain pearly white. Some common culprits behind stained teeth include:
- Neglecting to brush your teeth regularly. The dentists from Dentrix Dental Care, North Hill dental specialists, recommend that you brush your teeth after every meal. However, if this isn’t practical, the bare minimum is brushing twice a day for at least two minutes, and using fluoride toothpaste.
- Smoking. Cigarettes contain tobacco, tar, and nicotine, all of which are pungent and yellow in colour. Over time, this colour is certain to adhere to your teeth, staining them a similar yellow hue. Unfortunately, these stains are usually permanent and will remain once you stop smoking unless you seek help from a cosmetic dentistry professional.
- Drinking certain beverages. Some beverages, like coffee, soda, wine, and tea have the potential to leave an extrinsic stain on your teeth that is also difficult to get rid of. Some foods and sauces, like berries and soy sauce, can also leave unsightly stains on the enamel of your teeth. You will struggle to lift these stains just through brushing more regularly. In most cases, you will need to have your teeth professionally cleaned, and this can help to ensure that they gradually start looking whiter.
- Fluoride. Some people who were exposed to too much fluoride when they were children will exhibit staining of the teeth later in life. This is intrinsic staining, which means that the dentin, or the inherent structure of the tooth, has become stained.
How to Get Rid of Dental Stains
If you are determined to get rid of the stains on your teeth for good, here are a few steps to follow:
Change Your Routine
Take a close look at how you care for them. Along with brushing your teeth a minimum of twice a day:
- Are you changing your toothbrush every three months as recommended?
- Are you brushing using circular movements?
- Are you brushing roughly or softly?
Visit Your Dentist
Secondly, you will need to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and professional cleaning. Often, you will leave your dentist’s office with a much shinier smile than when you came in.
Seek Cosmetic Dentistry
If the advice above is not yielding the results that you have been hoping for, the next consideration is cosmetic dentistry. Dental veneers and teeth whitening are two options that will alleviate dental staining. The latter can be done in the dentist’s chair or you can opt to do it yourself at home. Essentially, it involves coating the surface of each tooth in a powerful, yet safe bleaching agent for a specific amount of time. The end result is usually beautifully white and shiny teeth.
Ultimately, you can see a sizable difference in the state of your teeth by altering some of your daily habits. Luckily, if you are struggling to get rid of stains, you also have the peace of mind that your dentist will always be there to lend a hand!