It’s very hard to resist a pearly white smile, and for a lot of us it’s something we aspire to. We buy whitening toothpaste, we floss, we go to the dentist to have our teeth cleaned or even chemically bleached, all to achieve that Hollywood smile. All of these are great ways to get rid of the staining and corrosion caused by everyday life, but what could you do to prevent those stains from forming in the first place? In this week’s blog, we look at the 3 biggest changes you can make to reduce the staining on your teeth for good.
Stop Drinking Your Tea And Coffee Black
As we mentioned in last months blog, there are a lot of our favourite foods and drinks that cause tooth staining. But we aren’t going to ask you to cut back on your daily caffeine fix. Instead, try adding a little milk to your tea or coffee. Tea is full of high staining tannins, and coffee is packed with chromogens and intensely pigmented molecules that can cause the brown ‘decayed’ look in your teeth. This effect is strongest when you drink then straight, so adding a little milk can dilute them, making them less effective. So the easiest way to keep up with the 5 cups a day and maintain a healthy smile is to start taking it white!
Rinse, Rinse, Rinse!
The 2 main causes of teeth stains are highly staining substances, and the erosion of the protective enamel beforehand. The most damage is caused when the staining substance is left on your teeth for a while, giving it a long time to work on the enamel. To make sure your teeth are exposed as little as possible, drink a glass of sparkling water after every glass of wine, cup of tea or meal involving highly coloured sauces. It’s not a cure all, but it will reduce the effect of colour staining, plus the carbonation will lightly scrub the offending materials away from your teeth before they get a chance to stain. Make sure you swill the first mouthful to catch all those nasty chromogens first though!
Eat More Cheese
This might sound strange, but it does work. Eating a lot of cheese, or any protein builds up the calcium in your teeth, making them stronger and more resistant to stains. True, that’s going to be a lot of cheese, so make sure you add in some milk, chicken, beans and eggs. If you want to make sure you aren’t going to stain your teeth with red wine through your evening dinner party, we recommend switching the soft cheeses (like your favourite Brie) for a hard cheese. Hard cheeses have more calcium, so are generally better for your teeth anyway. But they also act a s a polish and fill for your teeth, closing the micro pores and making your teeth more stain resistant. So stain rich drinks like red wine or tea will bead up and roll off – just like a wax for your teeth.
And there you have it. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should stop buying whitening toothpaste or flossing every night. But combining the two techniques you should see a marked improvement. Taking care of your teeth isn’t always about making sure you brush twice a day and see your dentist – it’s also about making the right healthy decisions to keep your teeth healthy and pearly white.