There are two factors which people often consider most important when it comes to the appearance of their teeth: positioning and colour. Even with extremely healthy teeth, the fact of the matter is that most people will notice discolouration over time. It can be a direct result of several factors; particularly lifestyle and diet.
So, with that in mind, here’s our guide to why teeth stain and the foods you need to be careful of to prevent it from happening.
Discolouration occurs on our teeth as a result of stain particles building up on the tooth enamel, this residue builds up and eventually discolours the protein there. These stains can occur as a result of life choices (smoking), diet, or as a result of medication–such as tetracycline staining. Staining can occur both on and below the surface of the tooth.
As with many issues, the best prevention when it comes to teeth staining is avoidance. If you can change your lifestyle or diet to avoid known aggravators, then you will have much longer-lasting and naturally white teeth. This is the case for both before and after any potential teeth whitening. Cutting out habits such as smoking will, obviously, also reduce the likelihood of future staining to a large degree.
In terms of foods to avoid, there are a number of food types that should be reduced or removed from your diet to reduce the likelihood of staining:
Of course, avoiding foods that stain teeth isn’t always possible in our daily lives. But, even a slight discolouration can make us feel shy or even a little embarrassed about our teeth. For that reason, you may want to consider teeth whitening to help improve the shine of your smile. Get in touch with our team on 01925 756565 or book your initial consultation now.