Your Teeth can become discoloured for a number of different reasons and it is important to recognise and manage the causes and factors that contribute to staining your teeth. There are many different precautions we can take to help avoid discolouring and staining your teeth but first let’s look at what to watch out for to minimise staining.
Some of the things to monitor include:
⦁ Drinks like tea, coffee, wine or drinking dark and light coloured fizzy drinks can result in the colours being adsorbed onto the tooth surfaces and have been shown to stain teeth and erode enamel. Nearly a quarter of the added sugar in our diets comes from soft drinks and children ages 11-18 get 40% of their added sugars from soft drinks.
⦁ Certain foods including pasta and curry sauces, blueberries, cherries, beetroot & balsamic vinegar in particular can stain the teeth due to their acidity, deep hue and pigmentation.
⦁ Tobacco use: smoking and chewing tobacco can result in the discolouration of your teeth.
⦁ Medication such as antihistamines and high blood pressure tablets can discolour teeth. Some mouth washes containing chlorhexidine found in Corsydol and cetylpyridinium ⦁ chloride can also have a staining effect.
⦁ Poor Oral hygiene: Lack of brushing & flossing can lead to accumulated plaque or fungi that can produce colour and form stains.
⦁ Fluoride: having high fluoride levels in drinking water or from a lot of use of fluoride mouthwashes and toothpastes can add to discoloured teeth.
⦁ Trauma: damage from a fall can disturb enamel formation in young children whose teeth are still developing. Trauma can also cause discoloration to adult teeth.
If you are unsure or would like some help as to what to look out for when it comes to avoiding stained and discoloured teeth we at the Marylebone Implant Centre are here to help you with any questions or queries you may have. You can call us on 02034342934 or email us on [email protected] or you can use the chat option on our website to speak to a member of staff.
Some people are luckier than others and have naturally brighter and thicker enamel. But for others who may suffer from discoloured teeth there are various other options at the Marylebone Implant Centre to have beautiful white teeth. We offer a UK leading brand Whitening system called Enlighten to our patients which we have seen excellent results from. It whitens the teeth beyond any other system by using a combination of Chair side and home whitening and takes 3-4 visits to complete.
If carried out by a trained dental professional whitening is very safe. Based on our dentists knowledge of your oral health they will discuss with you the options available and decide if tooth whitening is appropriate for you and develop an overall individual treatment plan. Please call us on 02034342934 if you would like more information on our whitening system.
Other options include having a veneer which is a thin ceramic shell that covers the outer surfaces of the tooth. This enhances the appearance of the tooth and is easy to maintain. Another option is to have a Crown which is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength and appearance. Both of which are available here at the Marylebone Implant Centre.
By making a few simple lifestyle changes, you may be able to prevent teeth discoloration. If you are a smoker or are a fan of dark coloured beverages try to cut back or quit altogether. Limiting your intake of all of these will benefit both your oral and overall health. Moderation is key when it comes to enjoying the foods and drink that discolour your teeth so remember to stay a step ahead when it comes to brushing and flossing and attending your regular dentist and hygiene appointments to keep staining at bay. Why not treat yourself to a thorough satin removal Airflow treatment with our hygienist Ellison, where she will use sodium bicarbonate to polish and clean your teeth. For more information on this treatment please call us on 02034342934 or email us on [email protected] to speak to a member of staff for further information.