What Causes Teeth Stains and How to Remove Them

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If you want to have a perfect white smile, you should avoid certain foods and products. Even though teeth whitening procedures are easily available these days, you can avoid staining your teeth in the first place.

For most people with stained teeth, they have a big impact on their self-confidence, on how they feel and interact with other people. Teeth whitening procedures have become immensely popular because we need to feel confident when we talk and smile in public.

Most people are aware that there are certain foods and products that cause teeth stains. However, you might not exactly know all of them and how they lead to teeth stains. This small guide can help you understand their effects and develop strategies to counter their teeth staining effect.

Just like the stains it can leave on your clothes, beetroot has the same effect on your teeth. You should wash your teeth immediately after eating a meal containing this food.

Balsamic vinegar
Extremely pigmented and full of acid, balsamic vinegar is bad news for your teeth. Try to reduce the consumption of this vinegar to just an occasional sprinkle on your salad.

Pickled cucumbers
You probably did not expect to find pickled cucumbers on this list. However, their acid damages the enamel, which leads to erosion and leaves stains on your teeth.

These delicious and healthy fruits are rich with pigments that stick to the enamel and leave stains.

Coffee and Tea
These favorite beverages leave stains and make your teeth yellow.

Teeth Stains Removal Tips:

You can remove most stains caused by external discoloration using some effective and proven methods.

Bleaching gel will make your teeth significantly whiter 30-45 minutes after your dentist applies it to your teeth. He can also give you a weaker version of the bleaching gel to be used at home in combination with a mouth guard. Those usually take two to four weeks to show some results.

Whitening toothpastes can remove minor teeth stains, but cannot change the overall color of your teeth.
In case of intrinsic discoloration, such as excessive exposure to fluoride during early childhood, the use of tetracycline antibiotics, or a trauma to your teeth, your dentist can cover the discolored areas with a crown or a veneer.

Lemon juice and salt are a great mixture for effective cleaning and whitening of the teeth. Just mix a few drops of lemon juice with a pinch of salt and rub it onto your teeth and gums. After a few minutes, rinse it off with water.

Other natural alternatives like strawberries, coconut oil and orange peels can also whiten your teeth. However, with most of them you have to be persistent and apply them daily for at least a month or two to see some results. If you are looking for instant results, you should book an appointment with your dentist. Teeth whitening treatments are very popular today and advanced technology can whiten your teeth by five to eight shades in just two or three 15-minute whitening sessions. These treatments typically do not include negative side effects, except some increased tooth and gum sensitivity to hot or cold.

Today whitening your teeth has become as easy as staining them in the first place. The most important thing is to start early and have your teeth whitened before the discoloration becomes too severe. A whiter smile can brighten your everyday look, improve your self-esteem and give you the extra boost of confidence that you desire.

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