These everyday foods and drinks are causing your teeth to stain!

Teeth whitening procedures are becoming more common and affordable in recent times but did you know that you can avoid staining?

There are three main classifications of teeth staining but unfortunately, only one type of staining can be avoided.

1. Intrinsic Staining

This is staining of the inside (dentine) layer of your teeth. It may be due to medications that were taken as your adult teeth were forming, genetic disorders that have interfered with tooth development or dental decay which has breached the outer enamel layer of your teeth.

This type of stain will not be improved with tooth whitening, professional cleaning or daily brushing.

2. Age-related Staining

As we get older, the enamel layer which is the translucent whiter layer thins and reveals the yellow inside (dentine) layer.

To slow down this ageing process, avoid using abrasive toothpastes or medium/hard toothbrushes. Cut down on acidic foods and drinks as this tends to soften and dissolve away the enamel faster.

3. Extrinsic Staining

This is staining of the outside (enamel) layer of your teeth. It can be caused by foods, drinks and smoking. Common contributors are:

  • Dark beverages: tea, coffee, red wine, cola drinks
  • Dark foods: blueberries, blackberries, beetroot, dark chocolate
  • Acidic and coloured beverages: fizzy drinks, slushies, sports drinks, lemons
  • Coloured spices and sauces: curry powders, turmeric, tomato sauces
  • Smoking

You can reduce your intake of the above foods and use a straw for coloured drinks but rinsing with water and thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day can also reduce the build-up.

Dental cleaning and tooth whitening are most effective on this type of staining.