7 Habits that can stain your teeth

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve noticed that your teeth aren’t as white as they used to be, instead, they’re an undesirable dull yellowish colour. This discolouration is probably impacting your confidence and you may be wondering how it even got to this stage in the first place! 

Before you embark on your mission to get back to beautiful pearly whites, let’s explore what habits are causing the discolouration. While some staining is inevitable due to ageing, genetics, or certain medications, we can minimise it by avoiding or reducing certain habits that gradually stain our teeth over time. Keep reading to find out what habits you may be doing in your day-to-day routine that could be contributing to the stains on your teeth.  

What are the habits causing stains on your teeth?

Prevention is always better than treatment when it comes to oral care, so the most effective way you can prevent teeth discolouration is to minimise the habits listed below.

1. Drinking dark-coloured beverages

Yep, you guessed it! Beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, and cola to name a few, have a notorious reputation for staining teeth. These beverages contain high levels of tannins (a yellowish/brownish organic substance), which seep into the pores in your teeth causing discolouration. Additionally, their high acidity can erode the enamel, making it more susceptible to staining. 

To minimise the impact, enjoy these beverages in moderation and consider drinking through a straw to reduce direct contact with your teeth. Try to remember to rinse your mouth with water after consuming them and maintain good oral hygiene practices. 

2. Smoking and vaping

Tobacco contains nicotine and tar, which can cause severe discolouration of teeth. Smoking not only stains teeth but also increases the risk of gum disease and oral cancer. While vaping may not result in teeth discolouration to the same extent as smoking, it can still lead to gradual staining and other detrimental effects on your oral health. 
Quitting tobacco altogether is the best solution for maintaining a healthy smile. Seek support from healthcare professionals or support groups who can help you quit.

3. Neglecting your regular dental check ups

You’ve heard us say it again and again but visiting your dentist for regular check ups is essential for maintaining good oral health and identifying potential issues early on before they get too serious. Tartar and plaque buildup can lead to tooth discolouration, where only professional cleaning at a dentist visit can effectively remove it.

4. Poor oral hygiene practices  

Bad oral hygiene practices can accelerate tooth discolouration. When we neglect regular brushing and flossing, plaque builds up on our teeth. Plaque can absorb pigments from food and beverages, resulting in yellowish or brownish discolouration. To combat this, brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and use fluoride toothpaste. Don’t forget to floss daily and visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and check ups.

5. Poor brushing techniques

PSA: Brushing harder does not actually clean better. Using excessive force while brushing or using a toothbrush with hard bristles can erode the enamel and expose the dentin. This can make your teeth prone to staining. Instead, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and use gentle, circular motions when brushing.

6. Overconsumption of acidic foods

Frequent consumption of highly acidic foods such as citrus fruits, vinegar, and carbonated drinks can weaken the tooth enamel. The acidic nature of these foods and drinks erodes the protective layer, exposing the dentin underneath, which is naturally yellowish in colour. Moderation is key, so keep a balanced diet and rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic foods.

7. Teeth grinding

Bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding or clenching, can cause various dental problems, including tooth discolouration. The excessive pressure on teeth can wear down the enamel, exposing the underlying dentin and leading to yellowing or darkening of teeth. If you grind your teeth, speak to us about the options available to you, for example, using a mouthguard to protect your teeth from damage.

Maintaining a bright and healthy smile requires a conscious effort on your part to look after your teeth’s radiance by minimising or avoiding these harmful habits. If you have concerns about tooth staining or discolouration book an appointment with us today, and we can discuss your options, whether it’s a professional clean or a teeth whitening treatment.  

If you still have any questions please give our friendly team a call on (08) 9383 1200.

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