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Restore your smile with bright pearly white teeth…

whiteteethTeeth staining and discoloration is a common cosmetic problem which can affect your self-esteem.  It can stigmatize your social appearance too, offending every time you try to talk. Losing luster of teeth with appearance of stain makes you feel uncomfortable especially speaking publicly.

Staining of tooth is attributable to various reasons. Cleveland's clinic documented several reasons ranging from food to environmental factors as an offender for teeth darkening.

Some common causes are detailed as…


Berries: Delicious intensely colored berries and their juices have significant teeth staining ability. Blueberries, blackberries, cranberries and cherries are some of well known contributors.

Sauces: Soy sauce, tomato sauce and curry sauce are notorious for teeth staining.

Sweets: Sweets containing teeth-staining coloring agents like hard candies, chewing gum and popsicles stain teeth to some extent.

Cola: Acidic nature of cola promotes teeth staining.

Tea: Tannin, a key ingredient of tea, especially from black tea, has been great potential to stain teeth.

Sport drink: Sport drink after a workout is good to keep you rehydrates but can pose a danger of tooth staining in a long run. Accumulating evidence indicates that acidic content of such beverages softens the tooth enamel and lead to significant staining.

Wine: Acidic beverages containing tannins and chromogens pigments are famous for teeth discoloration property.

It doesn’t mean to totally avoid these foodstuffs, as many of them like berries are packed with wonderful health benefits. However, for arresting the negative effect on tooth, one should take extreme caution after consuming such foodstuff or beverages.

Poor habits

Tobacco: Both in the form of smoking or chewing

Poor dental hygiene: Inadequate brushing, flossing or oral care


Tetracycline and doxycycline are common antibiotics known for teeth staining in children below eight years as a side-effect. Mouth washes containing chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride can also stain your teeth. Antihistamines, antipsychotic and antihypertensive drugs are among the risk factors causing tooth discoloration.

Advancing age

Ageing, a process of growing old, is marked with changes in the external appearance of body and internal functioning of organ. With ageing, the outer layer of enamel (the hard surface of teeth) begins to be worn away, exposing the natural yellow color of dentine (the underlying material under enamel).

Fluoride excess

Living in area with naturally high fluoride contents in water can lead to teeth staining. Risk increases dramatically with an excessive use of fluoride as rinses, toothpaste or intake of fluoride supplements by mouth.

Tips to prevent tooth staining

Value your teeth because they are imminent content of your smile and beauty. It’s never too late to adopt good oral hygiene, improve diet and change in lifestyle to get pearly white teeth enhancing your look. With assessment of exact reason and gratification of lifestyle such ailment can be easily cured.

  • Oral hygiene

Brush regularly: Brush your teeth twice a day and if possible after each meal to remove food particles lodged in between the teeth.

Rinse your mouth: Rinse your mouth after eating food or drinking above mentioned beverages.

Flossing: It is another good habit to remove food particles and plaque from area where your brush cannot reach.

  • Improve diet

Including milk and yogurt, a rich source of minerals like calcium and phosphorus, improve re-mineralization of tooth enamel and impart sparking tooth.

Broccoli, cauliflower and cucumber act as natural teeth whitener by removing teeth plaque.

An apple a fiber-rich fruit when mixed with saliva known to wash out food particles and stains on teeth.

  • Lifestyle change

Improve habits by quitting smoking or stopping tobacco chewing. Cutting back on coffee or tea intake is good idea to reduce teeth staining.

Visiting dentist after having tooth problems is a long-gone idea. However, contrary to this common perception, visit your dentist every 6 months to get your teeth cleaned and diagnosed a tooth problem at earliest. At the outset, it should be understood that more you care for your teeth the more perfect and pearly white they are.

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