Everyone wants to have pearly white teeth for a luminous smile, but various factors can cause them to darken or become discoloured over time. Although we cannot change or control some of these factors, there are certain choices that can be made to slow down if not prevent discolouration, keeping your smile looking bright. This includes avoiding certain foods and drinks, remembering to brush twice a day, and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups. This blog takes a closer look at the causes of teeth discolouration.
Lifestyle habits are some of the biggest contributors to discoloured teeth. For example, consuming certain things such as coffee, tea, cola, wine and starchy foods can stain teeth directly or create conditions that lead to stains. Smoking or chewing tobacco also leads to staining. Avoiding these triggers can not only slow down discolouration, but also prevent other oral health issues in the long run.
Brushing and flossing twice a day not only protects your teeth from plaque and decay, but also stops stains from building up. Discolouration can also be caused by taking certain medications and using mouth rinses. Oral diseases and medical treatments such as chemotherapy have been linked to tooth discolouration as well. Regular visits to a dentist can help you stay on top of these issues.
Tooth discolouration can also be caused by genetics, aging, trauma, and environmental factors. Not all of these causes or contributors can be avoided, and some are inevitable.
At East Bentleigh Dental Group, we can assist people of all ages with teeth discolouration. Whether you need more advice on how to avoid triggers or you want to discuss teeth whitening treatment options, we can help. Call us on (03) 9575 1100 or enquire online to arrange a consultation.