What Has Stained My Teeth
We are not all born with brilliant white teeth, some of us are more genetically prone to yellow teeth;the lucky few seem to dazzle us with their brilliant white smiles.
Whatever the natural colour of our teeth, they can all be stained by what we eat and drink.
Worst Causes Of Teeth Staining
Certain drinks are without doubt the main culprits when it comes to staining teeth, Red wine, Coffee, Tea and certain fizzy drinks are the main concern.
Obviously the easy way to avoid these drinks staining your teeth is to avoid drinking them, but of course this is easier said than done.
One way to reduce the staining effect is to use a straw when you drink wine and cola type drinks, as this will keep the drink away from the front teeth, rinsing the mouth with water after drinking will also drastically help to reduce the stains taking hold.
Some commonly prescribed antibiotics can stain your teeth, one of the worst is called Tetracycline; this, and its sister drug Minocycline can cause a hard to shift greyish blue stain to appear on your teeth.
There have been reports that some antihistamines can also cause teeth staining.
Fluoride is an essential part of dental care as it helps to strengthen the enamel, but if given in excessive amounts, it can cause white spots to form on the enamel. This is quite common in children and can be a side effect of using toothpaste high in fluoride or drinking water that has a high fluoride content. The effects can be reduced by only using the toothpaste every other day..
Age and genetics play a major part in tooth colour, as we age, the enamel tends to wear, allowing the yellow under layer (called Dentin) to become more visible through the enamel, if your parents teeth are yellow, the chances are that yours will be similar.
Others have naturally thicker enamel and tend to keep their teeth looking whiter for longer.
Heavily coloured foods can also stain our teeth, dark fruits such as cranberries, blueberries along with soy sauce and in fact anything heavy and dark are very likely to stain our teeth.
A good rule to remember is :
If The Food Or Drink Will Stain Your Carpet, Its More Than Likely To Stain Your Teeth
Trauma, injury and certain dental procedures can also cause the teeth to discolour, root canal work as an example is well documented to darken teeth on occasions.
Maintaining good dental health is essential, regular trips to the dentist along with daily brushing and flossing will all help to prolong your dental health and keep your teeth looking whiter for longer.