Keeping your teeth bright and white is the best way to bring out your smile. While professional teeth whitening treatments are a great way to keep your teeth looking their best, preventative care is always preferred. Here are five easy ways to prevent yellow teeth in your day-to-day life.
1. Drink water
You may be wondering why you need to be reminded about how important it is to drink water. There’s no doubt that water improves your overall health, but let’s discuss why it’s so important for your oral health and hygiene.
Sipping water in between bites of food, and drinking a glass after each meal, rinses out your mouth and helps get rid of bits of food that stick around, until you get a chance to brush them again before bed. Drinking fluoridated water is even more beneficial as fluoride protects your teeth against tooth decay and yellow staining.
Water is preferred over any other drink, as it’s the only drink that doesn’t have some type of negative effect on your teeth. Acidic drinks, such as soft drinks, energy drinks and alcohol have high levels of sugar and acid, which can soften the tooth enamel and make the teeth more prone to stains.
2. Cut down on coffees and black tea
As much of a staple coffee and tea are every day, these drinks are both culprits for stained, yellow teeth. Dark pigments in coffee, called chromogens, stick to the tooth enamel surface and can cause the teeth to darken over time. Black tea is also known to have this staining effect.
Cutting down your twice-daily, or even three-times-daily coffees will make a big difference. However, if you’re not too keen on cutting down, there are some simple ways to reduce the risks of both drinks causing stained teeth.
One way is to sip water after you’re done with either drink. Similar to my first dot point, this rinses your mouth out a little, until it’s time to brush your teeth again before bed.
Another way is to add milk to your tea or coffee. This dilutes the beverages and reduces the risks of the dark pigments causing stains. Plus, milk is a great source of calcium which strengthens your teeth!
3. Have a proper cleaning routine
A proper oral hygiene routine is paramount to achieving beautiful pearly whites. Dentists recommend you brush your teeth twice daily, for at least two minutes each brush. It is also recommended you use fluoride toothpaste and mouth wash once a day. Flossing is an important part of the routine that some people tend to neglect. It helps reach parts of the teeth that the brush cannot – and getting rid of those little bits of food will give you an overall, whiter smile.
4. Quit smoking
One of the many effects of smoking is staining your teeth. This is caused by the tar and nicotine in cigarettes that can make your teeth yellow in a short period of time, and even brown over a longer period of time.
Smoking can also cause oral health problems far worse than yellow teeth, including gum disease and oral cancer.
5. Visit the dentist regularly
It is recommended that you visit the dentist every six months for a regular check-up, however you should visit more often if you begin to notice any concerns. Dentists are able to detect any early signs of teeth or gum problems, and can give you advice on how to best maintain your oral health and hygiene to prevent yellow teeth.
Even if you have a great twice-daily teeth cleaning routine in place, a professional teeth clean is also a great addition to your regular dental check-ups. A professional clean will remove the build-up of plaque on your teeth that your regular daily routines may not be reaching, leaving your them freshly polished.
Golden Square Dental is your trusted dentist in Bendigo. Our highly qualified team provide a range of preventative, cosmetic and restorative dental care and advice on how to best maintain your oral health and hygiene. To book an appointment, give us a call on (03) 5443 0063 or click here.