How to prevent staining on teeth 

Staining on teeth is a common problem for many people. It can make individuals feel insecure about their smile, which is something you want to avoid. There are several ways that you can prevent and reduce staining on your teeth. From maintaining proper oral hygiene to limiting food and beverages that are notorious for staining. There are things you can do to improve your oral hygiene and also prevent tooth discolouration.

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Below are some tips to help prevent staining on teeth:

Visit your dentist for a professional clean

Regular cleaning from your dentist can result in less staining, and healthier teeth and gums. Dentists can effectively remove plaque, tartar, and surface stains, leaving you with a healthier and brighter smile. 

Maintain good oral hygiene habits 

Ensuring you brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste is essential for good oral hygiene as well as preventing stains and discolouration. Make sure you brush for at least two minutes each time, and that you cover every tooth. You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid any damage to your enamel, and you should follow brushing with daily flossing and mouthwash too.

Good brushing habits effectively helps to prevent stains, which helps protect your teeth’s natural colour.

Rinse after consuming foods and beverages that cause staining

If staining is something you’re concerned about it may be worth it to start rinsing your mouth after consuming staining food or drinks. Drinks such as wine, coffee, tea, and food such as berries can contribute to staining. Rinsing can help reduce the impact of the staining, preventing it.

Limit staining foods and beverages

On a similar note, limiting the amount of staining beverages and food you have can effectively help prevent tooth staining. Having less cups of tea and coffee for example could help benefit your teeth, and keep them stain-free.

Quit smoking

Cigarettes and other tobacco products have a negative impact on your overall health, as well as being bad for your oral hygiene too. Tobacco products can cause tooth staining, so it’s best to avoid them. For better overall health and a better smile, consider quitting smoking.

Try a whitening toothpaste

One way to fight discolouration is to use a whitening toothpaste to help brighten your teeth. Whitening toothpaste often contains mild abrasives that can help remove surface stains, and whitening properties to help brighten your smile.

Teeth whitening treatments

If tooth whitening toothpastes aren’t giving you the results you want, you could consider having a professional tooth whitening treatment. Consult your dentist and ask them about which tooth whitening treatments they offer. There are procedures you can have in the dental office or take home kits available.

Be mindful of acidic foods

Acidic foods and beverages, such as citrus fruits and soft drinks, can contribute to enamel erosion, making teeth more susceptible to staining. It may be best to consume acidic foods and drinks in moderation, and rinsing your mouth afterwards is advised. 

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