5 Ways to Prevent and Treat Stained Teeth
Stained teeth. Nobody wants them, but unfortunately, for many people, they’re an all too familiar issue. Due to the lifestyles we lead, the things we consume, and the choices we make, stained teeth are a common occurrence in today’s society.
Luckily, there are ways to treat them and prevent them from occurring in the future. It may take some lifestyle changes, some minor tweaks, and spending a few extra bob, but it’s all doable—and worth it for a gleaming set of pearly whites. So, if you’re ready to learn what you can do to keep your teeth from becoming stained, read on to find out.
1. Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks
It’s well established by now that there are types of foods that stain teeth. Things like coffee, wine, fizzy drinks, and fruit juices are among the worst offenders.
Then there are the less well-known culprits you may never have even considered. White wine, green tea, and tomato-based sauces can all wreak havoc as well. The best thing you can do is to try and cut down on these tasty treats, and remember to rinse your mouth well after you do indulge.
2. Brush Regularly
Brushing on a regular basis is one of the best ways to ensure your teeth stay clean and healthy. Although this alone won’t protect against staining completely, it definitely helps. Making sure your technique is correct and using an electronic toothbrush can also be a good idea.
Pro tip: you probably shouldn’t brush after drinking red wine. This can strip away enamel and actually make the staining worse.
3. Use a Whitening Toothpaste
There’s a limit to how much of an impact whitening toothpaste can have on the colour of your teeth. But they can offer some help. The formulas of these kinds of toothpaste are being refined and improved all the time, so using these can help to improve the colour of your teeth, at least more than a toothpaste not specifically designed to whiten. It is important to avoid abrasive ingredients when choosing whitening toothpastes, the most common types are sodium bicarbonate and charcoal. Abrasive ingredients can cause harm to teeth and gums, stripping enamel from teeth over time is one of the risks.
4. Have Regular Cleanings
Keeping good habits and practising good dental hygiene will also help prevent your teeth from getting stained. This includes getting regular cleanings from your dentist. As a general rule, you should be seeing your dentist for a cleaning every six months.
5. Have Them Professionally Whitened
The efficacy of many at-home whitening kits is dubious at best. But having your teeth professionally whitened by your dentist is one of the best ways to achieve a whiter smile. This is a quick and painless process that can leave you with brilliant white teeth for years in many cases. At The Bondi Dentists, we use AirFlow, a clinically proven, safe and gentle way of cleaning teeth by removing plaque and stains with a gentle stream of air and water.
Say Goodbye to Stained Teeth Today
By following the above tips, you can prevent staining and maintain your pearly whites. If you already have stained teeth, and you want to reverse the effects, don’t worry, we can help. Get in touch with a member of our staff today to book an appointment to see how we can help you get your beautiful smile back on track.