Stained Teeth how to treat and prevent

As we get older it can be a key factor of stained teeth.  Many different factors for example diet and genes can all affect white teeth to become yellow and stained.  According to the world health organisation, many people can have psychological problems due to their teeth been discolored.  Self-esteem can start to decline and often people can become uncomfortable when socializing. It’s always best to treat stained teeth early on to ensure they don’t get to this stage.

Main causes of heavily stained teeth?

Stains can be often external on the surface of the teeth, this is often caused by smoking, or excessive consumption of food or drinks such as coffee, tea, pop, red wine etc.  Discolouration can also be internally caused by trauma, excessive fluoride exposure or from using tetracycline during your childhood.

How can stained teeth be improved?

The necessary treatment will depend on the type of discoloration of the teeth. Simple external stains can often be removed during visits to your dental hygienist with professional cleaning and polishing. More resistant stains can be improved with in house teeth whitening and home whitening kits. In more severe cases Veneers or crowns are often the ideal more permanent solution.

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Tips for patients with heavily stained teeth

As with anything in life, prevention is often the key.

  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid heavily staining food and drinks
  • Use a non-abrasive toothpaste
  • Maintain good oral hygiene
  • Visit your dental hygienist at least every 6 months
  • With children avoid excessive exposure to fluoride.

 

Furthermore, if you have any concerns regarding your stained teeth, please call our dental centre for an assessment with one of our dentists who would be happy to advise any necessary treatments.

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