Knowing what causes discoloured and stained teeth helps to keep your smile whiter for longer. You are also highly encouraged to avoid staining consumables if you have had teeth implants, teeth whitening, or significant cosmetic dentistry work. If you’ve noticed your teeth becoming discoloured, or have just had a cosmetic dental procedure, then bear in mind the following elements which cause discoloured and stained teeth:
Age – Enamel on teeth wears down with age. Erosion can lead to crevices where stains and discolouration can occur. A good dental care routine can help slow down the erosion process, but if the problem with discoloured and stained teeth persists and even gets worse, then restorative dental procedures such as enamel restoration or implants could be a consideration.
Smoking – As we pointed out previously, not only is smoking a main cause of bad breath, it can also stain teeth. Along with the health benefits, quitting smoking gives your teeth a break from exposure to a discolouring habit, as well as being a benefit to the rest of your body
Food – Berries (including cherries), beetroot, curries, tomato sauces and pickles are either acidic or staining. If you can’t live without blueberries or borscht, then rinse your mouth with water shortly after eating them.
Drink – Tea, coffee (both especially when drunk without milk), red wine and acidic fruit and fizzy drinks are full of staining tannins and also acidic, which affects the integrity of your teeth’s enamel. White wine is not as bad for discolouration, but contains an equally damaging amount of acid.
Condiments – Ketchup, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar are either acidic or highly staining. If it stains fabric, then it can stain your teeth!
Artifical and natural colours – It may seem obvious, but colourings in food and drink are often overlooked. Especially bad for causing discoloured and stained teeth are products like sweets (if it turns your tongue an unnatural colour, your teeth are equally at risk) and frozen ice products. If it had added colours, then they could end up on your teeth.