Discoloured teeth is a common problem, but although it might seem harmless, it can have a negative impact on the integrity of your teeth. There are many things that can cause them to lose their naturally-white colour but there are several different things you can do to avoid the problem in the first place. Firstly, however, let’s discuss exactly how teeth become discoloured, the treatments available for stained teeth and, lastly, how it can be avoided in the first place.
How do teeth become discoloured?
Everyone wants a healthy white smile, but having discoloured teeth is something that is incredibly common and there are numerous reasons for it. Where some teeth staining is, unfortunately, permanent, more often than not, it’s something that can be reversed with the right treatment, something we’ll get onto in a moment.
Generally, though, tooth discolouration is down to lifestyle. Some of the things that can cause teeth to become discoloured includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Drinking tea and coffee
- Drinking red wine
- Eating starchy foods
- Chewing tobacco
- Poor dental hygiene
- Certain types of disease
- Particular medications
- Natural ageing
- Some dental materials, such as amalgam
- High fluoride content in water
- Excessive use of mouthwash or toothpaste
- Trauma affecting enamel formation
How to avoid stained teeth
Taking care of your teeth is paramount to ensure their integrity and health. But it’s also something that needs to be done if you want to make sure they remain a healthy white colour. If you want to avoid tooth discolouration, there are multiple, simple, things you can do, or change in with regards to your lifestyle, that will help to prevent your teeth from becoming stained, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Avoiding certain foods and drinks, including tea, coffee, red wine and starchy foods
- Drink more water
- Regularly rinse your mouth out with water, particularly after eating or drinking
- Switch to an electric toothbrush if you’re using a manual one
- Use a straw
- Visit a dental hygienist regularly, which is usually twice a year
- Stop smoking and/or chewing tobacco
- Be gentle when brushing your teeth
Are there treatments for discoloured teeth?
Quorn Dental Practice and Implant Clinic are pleased to offer a wealth of different cosmetic dental treatments, including teeth whitening and the fitting of veneers. Teeth whitening is one of the most effective ways of treating stained teeth and it’s also the most cost-effective in comparison to veneers and other permanent solutions.
Once your treatment has been completed, one of our highly-qualified dentists will give you specialist, bespoke advice about how to keep your teeth as white as possible, including drinking through a straw and brushing your teeth after every meal. It’s important to note that regular maintenance is required to ensure the results of teeth whitening treatment continue for the foreseeable future.
Quorn Dental Practice and Implant Clinic are pleased to offer a wide range of different dental treatments to customers throughout Loughborough and the surrounding areas. In addition to cosmetic dentistry, we’re also able to provide specialist dental care, such as periodontal, orthodontic and endodontic procedures, as well as check ups, dental crowns and bridges, implants, fillings and more. For further information about how we can help you today, get in touch with our dedicated, professional team – we’re always pleased to hear from you.