What Causes Stained Teeth and How This can be Prevented

stained teeth 300x240 What Causes Stained Teeth and How This can be Prevented

Like it or not, stained teeth never look good. They can diminish your smile impact and even repulse people. In spite dental technologies and advancements, yellow, brown and stained teeth are still common nowadays.

Also, white pearly teeth in newspapers and magazines daily taunt people with stained teeth. No wonder most people would love to get rid of their stained teeth and have white pearly ones instead. But to do that, you should know what causes stained teeth or you might run around in circles.

Causes of Stained Teeth

Disease and Medications

Certain medical conditions can develop stained teeth before, during and after treatment. For instance, pregnant women with infections can:

  • Affect their baby’s enamel development;
  • Thus cause discolouration of their baby’s teeth.

Cancer treatments are also known to affect teeth colour. These drugs cause stained teeth when administered to children 8 years and below:

  • Tetracycline
  • Doxycycline

Other drugs include:

  • Some antihistamines
  • High blood pressure medications

Poor Dental Hygiene

By and large the most common stained teeth cause, poor oral hygiene habits never take care of teeth. To change this, you need to brush and floss more often to:

  • Remove tartar build up and plaque;
  • Eliminate food and drinks stains lodged in your enamel ridges.

Drinks and Foods

Drinks like wine, coffee and tea have been associated with yellowed teeth and stains. Others include:

  • Soy sauce
  • Beer
  • Soda
  • Blueberries
  • Tomato sauce

It’s best to stop outright if you regularly indulge in any of these. But since this is almost impossible for most people, we recommend the following:

  • Brush and floss twice a day or after taking those drinks so stains don’t take hold in the first place.
  • Indulge in fruits like apples, celery, cauliflower and carrots as they help actively fight teeth stains.
  • Start taking your drinks with straws instead of drinking from cups.

Unhealthy Lifestyle Habits

You’ll also have stained teeth if you smoke, chew tobacco and drink lots of hard drinks. You can either:

  • Stop indulging in these habits;
  • Or replace with alternatives.

For instance, switch to e-cigarettes instead of smoking cigarettes.  They still provide your nicotine fix without stained teeth or cancer risks as the “smoke” is actually water vapour.

Other stained teeth causes include:

  • Aging as enamel wears off with age, revealing yellow dentin underneath;
  • Environment impact from excess fluoride in water.

To get rid of your stained teeth and have those highly cherished pearly whites, get in touch with the best dental care professionals in Cairns at www.perfectteethcairns.com.au or call us on 07 4031 3555.

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