Teeth are exposed to the different food and drinks that you consume. Sometimes, you eat or drink something that leaves a mark on their colour. But food or drinks are not the only reason for discolouration; some habits affect your teeth’s healthy colour as well, such as smoking or chewing tobacco.
As you get older, the enamel that covers your teeth gives in to all the work. The lines and tiny holes that result let in the stuff you chew or drink. This leads to discolouration too.
What stains teeth?
- Acids – Many of the food and drinks you enjoy contain acids that soften the tooth enamel so staining is easier. This is why fizzy drinks and wines leave strong colours.
- Tannins – These are compounds from plants that make stains stick to your teeth easier. Red wine is high in tannins. White wine has some amount of tannins too.
- Chromogens – These are compounds that contain strong pigments that stick to teeth enamel. Coffee is high in these compounds.
What to do about the staining
When you drink something that is likely to leave some stains on your teeth, use a straw if possible. A straw will not protect you entirely from the colouring, but at least the exposure is limited.
Brush your teeth after eating or drinking something with strong colours. For acidic liquids, Garden-view.co.uk, a dental practice offering tooth whitening, recommends waiting for at least 20 minutes to let your enamel recover from the sugar and acid. This is called remineralisation. Gargle with water for the meantime or if you do not have a toothbrush with you.
Set an appointment with your dentist twice a year for a check-up and cleaning. You may also call on them for tooth whitening in Buckinghamshire. The whitening that your dentist performs is better than the one you do yourself using supermarket-bought trays and whitening gels.
Avoid eating or drinking too much food or beverages that stain your teeth. Quit smoking; it will be good not only for your teeth but for your overall health.