Teeth and Aging
As we grow older, so do our teeth. While we can’t do much about the ageing process, we can still exercise and eat healthy to keep our bodies in good order. The same goes for the appearance of our teeth. When the enamel layer of our teeth becomes thinner with age, the underlying dentin layer becomes more apparent, which makes our teeth look more yellowish. Although we can’t do much to prevent our teeth from eventually losing its original lustre, we can certainly minimise exposing our teeth to stains and risk of discolouration.
Let’s take a look at the ways in which we can prevent our teeth from accumulating stains – or effectively removing them – in order to achieve a brighter smile.
What Kind of Food or Drink Should I Avoid for Whiter Teeth?
Without proper care and oral hygiene habits, your teeth can develop stains and plaque quickly. This is especially true if your eating habits include a high consumption of stain-causing foods and beverages. One of the most effective means of keeping your teeth free from stains is to avoid or greatly reduce these types of food items.
The common beverages to avoid include coffee, tea, red wine, Low pH juices (especially those that contain vinegar, pineapple, oranges and grapefruits) as well as fizzy drinks and sodas. Dentists also talk about avoiding dark-coloured foodstuff but what are they? Well, there’s a simple rule you can use: If the food or drink in question may end up staining your clothing, it’s probably too heavily pigmented. Examples of dark-coloured foods include: Tomato sauce, gravy, soy sauce, beets, balsamic vinegar, pasta, mustard, blue berries, etc.
Coffee and tea are major culprits due to likelihood of daily consumption. Both in the interest of dental as well as overall health, moderation is the key. However, if you happen to be a regular tea or coffee drinker, it may be too difficult for you to quit the habit altogether. In order to reduce the beverage coming into direct contact with your teeth, you can try drinking your favourite beverage through a straw.
Cut This Habit Out Now!
Unfortunately, there are no workarounds if you are a heavy smoker. Regular smokers are highly prone to teeth discolouration due to daily nicotine and tar deposits. While the use of cigarette filters may help a little, it’s a fairly marginal improvement. Besides causing yellowish stains, the damage brought about by smoking and tobacco chewing may be severe and irreversible. Cessation of smoking is therefore a big step in the right direction for those seeking stain-free teeth and good overall dental health.
Of course, to maintain a bright set of teeth, there is no substitute for a daily at-home cleaning. Every time we consume food, new stain-causing particles will accumulate which is why you must brush and floss daily.
Proper Oral Hygiene Maintenance
When you do, it is advisable to use reputable whitening products like whitening toothpaste, mouthwash and floss. Investing in good whitening products not only removes plaque and tartar. Many of these brands have specially formulated deep cleaning agents that effectively remove burrowing food particles. They can help to accentuate the brightness of your teeth while keeping stain-causing particles at bay. If you are not sure as to which types of products to use, consult your dentist as he or she is in the best person to advice based on your individual dental history.
It is also highly recommended that you brush and floss within an hour after consuming stain-causing food and drinks. The longer you allow the stain-causing particles to linger on your teeth, the more difficult it is to remove them.
Of course, you may also be interested in Teeth Whitening as a way to keep your teeth bright and healthy looking. To book an appointment or ask about our teeth whitening options, please contact Macquarie Street Centre today. Simply call our friendly team in Sydney CBD at 02 9247 1394.