Wondering why you don’t have that pearly-white smile? Well, its time to think about the foods you eat and the habits you have that are the likely cause of teeth stains. This article has all you need to know about tooth stains, how to get rid of them by using natural whitening techniques and how to avoid them from coming back to haunt you.
What causes stains?
Tooth enamel changes as you grow older. Your teeth get more susceptible to stains by seeping into the cracks and crevices in your teeth over time.
Apart from the several obvious ill-effects of smoking, it is also one of the worst offenders for staining your teeth. The tar and nicotine present in tobacco can penetrate into the pits and grooves of the enamel and cause teeth to become yellow and then brown over years.
Smoking even causes bad breath, gum diseases and can increase the chances of contracting mouth cancer and other diseases.
Chromogen, Tannin & Acid compounds in Foods & Drinks
A number of foods contain compounds like chromogens & tannins that cling to the tooth enamel. Some foods are also acidic in nature and make enamel thinner and softer, causing stains to easily set in.
Drinks that cause stains
Beverages like coffee, tea and red wine are major culprits of food stains. Tea-drinkers must be more cautious than coffee drinkers. Iced tea or brewed tea, they both are as harmful. Drinks that contain sweeteners, artificial flavors and sodas (regular, diet or dark) have acid levels that cause teeth to become yellow over time.
A lesser-known fact is that even white wine and non-colored sodas can cause teeth to become more susceptible to staining if not directly causing enamel to erode.
Foods that cause stains
When it comes to foods that can cause tooth stains, its best to go by Maddahi’s. If it’s difficult to remove their stains from clothing; it’s going to be difficult removing it from teeth. While balsamic vinegar may be great for salads and soy sauce for flavor these are likely to stain your teeth. As also tomatoes, cherries, pomegranates and berries such as raspberries, blueberries and blackberries may be good for health but aren’t so good for your teeth.
How to avoid stains?
Oral Care recommends a best practice regime to include in your regular routine. The best way of maintaining a bright white smile is to follow good oral hygiene practices:
‘Daily oral care’ routine:
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste
- Floss at least twice daily to remove plaque. Oral Care’s Smart Water Flosser or Oral Care’s Tabletop Water Flosser
- Rinse your mouth with mouthwash at least once daily to kill bacteria that cause plaque
- Use a whitening toothpaste 1-2 times a week, not more. This removes stains from the surface and prevents teeth from becoming yellow.
‘Each time you consume’ routine:
You don’t have to give up the above foods if you follow the Oral Care’s recommended best practice regime to keep stains away:
- Use a spoon or straw to keep surface stains away when you consume stain-causing beverages so the liquid bypasses your front teeth
- Brush or rinse immediately after consuming such foods or beverages.
- See your nearest dentist. Going for regular cleanups will smoothen fine cracks and crevices in tooth enamel where the color may get trapped.
How to remove stains on teeth?
If the damage is already done, don’t fret. We recommend using Home Remedies that can Naturally Whiten your Teeth.