20 Mar 2015

How to Prevent Teeth Staining

A tooth is composed of several layers of tissue, the outermost layer—enamel—being the hardest, even harder than any other tissues in the human body. Despite its impressive characteristic, the enamel is not a high-density material. It has thousands of microscopic tubules that can serve as storage for pigmented chemicals from food and beverages. The result? Teeth stains.

Teeth staining is inevitable as long as you are taking food, beverages, and medicines made from pigmented substances. Even when you stop eating or drinking such substances, your teeth would continue to develop a greyish or yellowish shade as a result of aging. Nevertheless, teeth staining can be prevented and treated. Advancements in cosmetic dentistry have made this possible.

A change in lifestyle, for one, would greatly help reduce the chances of teeth staining. Removing certain kinds of food from your regular diet, such as coffee, tea, soda, and beets is a good start. Then choose to eat foods like apples, carrots, and celery instead, as these fruits and vegetables help scrape off the stains. Giving up smoking and alcohol may also help preserve the teeth’s whiteness.

These practices, however, are not enough to restore the deciduous whiteness of the teeth. A professional teeth whitening procedure is needed to extract all the stain-causing substances from the surface of the teeth. This procedure normally lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the method used. It has to be performed by a skilled cosmetic dentist.


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