Dentist Gino Castro shares his tips on avowing teeth stains. Dr Gino is based in Smilepod Canary Wharf and Soho and is happy to see new clients for appointments.
Keeping your smile stain free in ten simple steps
1. Drink with a straw, so you keep staining drinks away from the visible front surfaces of your teeth. This might look a little silly with red wine but you will see a lot fewer stains!
2. Avoid highly staining foods like curries. The deep pigmentation (often Turmeric) can cause yellow stains on teeth.
3. Try to reduce the amount of highly acidic pasta sauces. Their bright red colour have the tendency to cling to the teeth. This causes the tomatoes in the pasta sauce to leave your teeth vulnerable to staining.
4. Balsamic vinegar with its dark natural colour and acidity causes a lots of stain. It also sticks to your teeth. which can lead to staining if it’s not quickly brushed or washed away. We recommend rinsing your mouth after balsamic or drinking a glass of milk.
5. Berries with a need deep colour for example, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and cranberries can cause staining, regardless of whether they are eaten, drunk as juice or eaten as jam. Enjoy these delicious fruits as a treat rather than every day
6. Before going out for a high staining meal think about eating some dark green veggies, such as broccoli, kale or spinach as your starter to create a protective film over your teeth. Finish your meal off with a glass
of milk or a serving of hard cheese, both of which will neutralise the acid and strengthen your teeth.
7. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
8. Floss daily to remove any food between your teeth. If you struggle with flossing try floss picks or a Sonicare airflows machine. You can use mouthwash rather than ager if you prefer.
9. Some mouthwashes will actually stain your teeth. These are chlorexidine based. Only use if recommend by your dentist.
10. Avoid nicotine and tar stains by stopping or reducing smoking. If you are having trouble quitting try a smoker’s makeover clean which tackles tough nicotine stains.
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