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How to Prevent Tooth Staining

We are often asked how people can prevent their teeth from yellowing and staining.  The answer is pretty simple – quit eating and drinking, and you’ll have amazingly white teeth.  However, we know that isn’t a possible solution.  If, however, you take the time to rinse with water immediately following meals and snacks, you can rinse away what is left behind on your teeth and make a huge difference.

It is important to avoid certain foods and beverages that are the worst culprits to tooth staining such as tomato-based sauces, curry, soy sauce, colas, coffee, tea, and red wine.  These foods and beverages can change the color and appearance of your teeth.  Drinking through a straw can help prevent contact with your teeth and can also help prevent them from yellowing with prolonged exposure to such substances.

Stop Smoking for Whiter Teeth

Smoking or chewing tobacco are the worst contributors to staining your teeth.  Both of these products are detrimental to your oral health in general.  Tobacco use turns your white teeth from yellow to brown in only a few short months.  Frequent tooth brushing can help, but the only true solution is not using cigarettes and tobacco in the first place.

White teeth are something that we all strive for.  Despite our best efforts, the foods we eat and the drinks we drink can gradually yellow our teeth.  Tartar buildup contributes to tooth staining.  As dentists in Innaloo who specialize in ZOOM teeth whitening procedure, we recommend that you have your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Not only will this help with tartar build-up, but it will also brighten and whiten discolored teeth, improve breath, and ensure proper dental health overall.

For best results, we recommend brushing your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice a day and following with a thorough flossing.  If you enjoy brightly colored food or drink or you smoke or use chewing tobacco, you might want to consider brushing more often or rinsing with mouthwash. You may also consider tooth whitening toothpaste or mouthwash to help combat the yellowish tone.

Eat foods That Neutralize the Acids in your Mouth

Water-rich and crunchy foods such as celery, carrots, or apples naturally increase the saliva production in your mouth, which neutralizes acids and naturally rinse your teeth. Strawberries are an excellent help in this.  Strawberries contain malic acid, a naturally-occurring acid perfect for combating tooth discoloration.  Additionally, dairy products are good for your teeth, as they add calcium to your body and naturally neutralize the staining acids in your mouth.

If you are looking for ways to improve your smile, visit Odin Dental House in Innaloo for a consultation and learn the options available for whitening your teeth.  You can discuss over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, toothpaste and mouthwashes, and lifestyle choices to help you achieve your brightest smile.  Whatever you do, we recommend that you seek professional advice before trying any new teeth whitening options.

About Odin House Dental Surgery

Over the last two decades, Odin House Dental Surgery has been proud to serve the suburb of Innaloo and has grown to include 10 dentists, three oral health therapists, and 10 support staff. We have eight surgery rooms, a sterilisation room, a laboratory (where we make your mouthguards, whitening trays, and models) as well as two waiting rooms which include a small play area for children. We also have a unique “special room” complete with a massage chair, large screen TV, and even X Box!

Our dentists are all members of the Australian Dental Association and are local to Perth, so it would be no surprise if you have seen us out and about in the community.

Odin House Dental Surgery
Suite 3/8 Odin Rd
Innaloo WA 6018

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Office: (08) 9468 7182

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