Teeth stains: How to get rid of them?
Teeth staining is very real and can turn a gleaming smile into a rather beige one. If our teeth become stained, it can affect our confidence.
Teeth staining can also be a sign of decay. So if you already have issues with discoloured teeth, visit your local dentist as soon as possible.
If your teeth are still pearly white, here are a few ways to keep them that way.
Coffee, tea, coca cola, tea, nicotine, bits of food that stick in your mouth can damage your teeth. If we don’t have a regular tooth brushing routine, all these foreign bodies have time to eat away at our smile. Teeth get stained, cavities form, gums get infected and suddenly we’re looking at a hefty dentist’s bill.
Get in the brushing habit and stay in it. Brush after every meal and at least twice a day. Add flossing and anti-bacterial mouthwashes into the mix if you feel inclined.
Pinpoint your plaque spots
Your dentist can give you a disclosing solution to highlight troublesome plaque spots in your mouth. Simply rinse and the solution will show where plaque remains. Then adjust your brushing to attack those areas more accurately.
Trying to get rid of plaque? Read our previous post on 5 Ways to get rid of plaque.
Rinse your mouth with water
Most of us don’t carry a bag of dental hygiene products with us when we’re out and about. So seek solace in water. If you’re drinking in a bar or getting adventurous with food in a restaurant, keep a bottle of water handy and have a good swig once in a while.
By the time you get to a toothbrush, half the job will have been done and most of the day’s sweet, sour and spicy adventures will have already been washed away.
Give serious thought to an electric toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes do most of the work for you. While both electric and manual toothbrushes work well if you use the right brushing techniques, electric toothbrushes make brushing your teeth easier. This can lead to better plaque removal too.
No preaching; if you’re a smoker, you get enough of that already. But nicotine is a notorious teeth stainer, so do kick the habit of you can.
Take a closer look at your medications
Yes, some medications can affect tooth colour. If you start noticing unexplained staining, talk to your doctor. This could be a result of certain medications and your doctor may suggest an alternative or offer more tips for stain prevention.