Avoiding Teeth Staining | The Dental Studio Colchester, Essex

Avoiding Teeth Staining

Avoiding Teeth Staining

Teeth staining can affect anyone at any age, making teeth appear dull and lacklustre. There are a number of different causes of discoloured teeth and it is important to identify the cause in order to determine the best treatment to get teeth looking their best again.

Causes of tooth discolouration

  • Food and drinks – coffee, tea, red wine, dark sauces and dark berries can all stain your teeth. If you are worried about food or drink staining your clothes or tablecloth it will also have the ability to stain your teeth.
  • Smoking – the nicotine present in cigarettes stains teeth. You will notice a yellowing of your teeth within weeks and over time your teeth can turn brown.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene – inadequate brushing and interdental cleaning can cause a build-up of plaque and calculus that can discolour teeth.
  • Medical Treatment – Treatments for certain conditions can also affect tooth colour. For example, head and neck radiation and chemotherapy can cause teeth discoloration.
  • Medications – There are a number of different medications that can lead to staining. If you are worried about this, speak to your doctor to see if there are alternatives that you can take.
  • Ageing – As you age, the outer layer of enamel on your teeth gets worn away, revealing the natural yellow colour of dentin.

Preventing teeth staining


There are a number of different ways to reduce staining on your teeth, including:

Good Oral Hygiene – be sure to brush your teeth using a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and use interdental cleaning aids to clean those areas that brushing alone misses.

Avoid Food and Drink that stains – Foods that are firm or crisp help clean teeth as they’re eaten. Apples, raw carrots and celery can all help to keep teeth white.

Use a straw –Use a straw to prevent dark drinks coming into contact with your teeth. Enjoy potentially staining beverages in moderation, and drink water between each. Water is good for your overall health and will also help wash away dark liquids from the teeth.

Quit Smoking – the only way to remove staining from nicotine is to stop smoking. Thinking of quitting? Join millions of others this October and join Stoptober, will lots of help and support, quitting might be easier than you think.

Visit the Hygienist – visit the hygienist for regular appointments to remove any plaque or calculus that has built up on your teeth. The hygienist will also be able to advise you on the best oral hygiene products to keep your teeth in the best possible condition between visits.

If the staining is caused by lifestyle factors it should be possible to make changes to improve the appearance of your teeth. However, if the staining is due to ageing or medical treatment it may be necessary to attend for an appointment with the dentist who will be able to create a treatment plan to best improve the appearance of your teeth.
If you are worried about any changes you have noticed or would like to discuss how you can best reduce staining on your teeth, call The Dental Studio on 01206 845891 and book an appointment with either the dentist or hygienist today.