Dr Shervin from Artistic Dental Studio.
I am very pumped today, because I am going to give you some pointers on how you can minimise the amount of staining on your teeth. By simply following these tips, you can make sure you enjoy a brighter, whiter smile in no time!
So, let’s dive in:
The first pointer you need to bear in mind is that you need to have your regular check-up and cleans with your dentist on at least 6 monthly intervals. It could help you in many different ways:
- The first one is that your dentist cleans your teeth, which could help you with external staining on them, especially around visible areas.
- The second thing is that your dentist normally polishes the teeth and makes them as a glossy as possible, so the surface of the teeth are not predisposed to staining later on.
- The third one is that your dentist could give you some tips and could examine you to see if there are any factors in your mouth that could make you more vulnerable to staining, like some mal alignments of your teeth. We all know that when the teeth are crowded or overlapping, there are some areas in between that are not easily accessible by toothbrush or even dental floss. So, by correction of mal alignment, dentist could easily help you achieve better aesthetic outcome and make sure your teeth stay whiter overtime.
The second pointer is proper oral hygiene. By doing proper brushing and flossing on a daily basis, well, at least twice brushing and once flossing, we can make sure stains do not pile up on the surface of the teeth and your dentist could remove them in a timely manner.
The third pointer is to avoid some colourants. It could be either in form of drinks like tea, coffee, and red wine, or in form of some foods like balsamic vinegar or blueberries, things like that. You can check the list if you want. Get back and read our previous blog on staining.
The fourth pointer is to avoid abrasive or so-called whitening toothpastes. It could give you a whiter appearance initially, but the problem is that the mechanism by which they create that white surface is just because they contain some abrasive particles and those abrasive particles could easily create some tiny scratches on the surface of teeth overtime and therefore cause more staining down the track, so please avoid such toothpastes and stick to normal ones.
The next pointer is to avoid hard toothbrushes or vigorous brushing. That is the same mechanism, it could cause more scratches on teeth, so the more vigorously you brush, the more is the chance you get scratches and more staining.
The sixth pointer is that you can benefit from tooth whitening. Tooth whitening helps us whiten teeth from the surface. It gives you outstanding results, which could be preserved with home whitening kits and you can enjoy this for a period of 3 to 5 years, and then, you can do it again. It is not recommended in patients with sensitivity tough. Some people do have sensitive teeth, so they have to be careful about using those whitening products, but in general it could be something quite beneficial.
And the last and seventh pointer is smoking. The Less the smoking, the better the colour overtime, and less staining. So, if you can limit the number of cigarettes or whatever you smoke, your teeth will stay whiter in the long run.
Thank you very much. I hope it was quite informative.
See you in the next blog!
Until then! Goodbye!