Brushing and flossing your teeth does more than keep them healthy, it also helps keep them from becoming discoloured. Teeth stains can be avoided by using some simple tips, in addition to twice-yearly teeth cleaning appointments at the dentist.
Tips to Avoid Teeth Discolouration:
Avoid certain foods
Certain foods and beverages can stain teeth; many of these foods can also leave stains on hands or clothes. Some examples are berries, pasta sauce, coffee, and wine. Most of these foods contain acid that wears away at enamel, leaving teeth looking yellow. When you eat or drink these items, rinse with water and wait 30 minutes to brush.
Refrain from smoking
Tobacco can stain teeth, whether you smoke or chew it. Regular tobacco use, combined with the aging process, can damage teeth as time goes by. Heavy smoking causes lung cancer; chewing tobacco is an easy route to mouth cancer.
Practice good oral hygiene
Clean teeth regularly to remove plaque buildup and germs that could stain them. Floss to remove any plaque hidden between teeth. Mouthwash helps remove germs and plaque, and rinses the mouth to remove remaining food particles.
Drink with a straw
When drinking beverages that can stain, drink with a straw. If you’re concerned about adding plastic to the ocean, purchase a stainless steel or more sustainable straw. Limiting exposure of front teeth to staining beverages is a good idea, especially if you just had a whitening procedure.
Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated also prevents problems like cavities and gum disease. When you eat or drink foods that can may stain teeth, swirl water in your mouth to clear acids and sugars. This also helps rinse loose food from between your teeth.
Visit your dentist
Regular visits to the dentist are necessary for overall health. During your appointment, a professional cleaning can help remove stains and plaque from your teeth. X-rays will identify deep stains or cavities.
For teeth whitening and other dental services in Sarnia, contact Lambton Family Dental. We have comprehensive dental services to meet the needs of our patients and develop an individualized treatment plan. For family dentistry services serving patients of all ages, contact us at (519) 344-5747 to make an appointment.