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    What causes stains on my teeth?

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    I have yellow stains on most of my teeth. Besides using whitening products, what else can I do to prevent them?
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    Teeth are not stained by plaque . Teeth that have a rough surface or are porous can pick up stains from almost any food source . Sometimes smooth enamel teeth can become darker or yellow .  People 50 + can have darker teeth . Sometimes  a saliva membrane or “skin ” can form on teeth that becomes darker or yellower . Teeth discolouration have many different causes . Tetracycline staining and other antibiotics can cause staining when the tooth form etc . Some medicines can also discolour teeth (after the teeth have formed ) depending on their reaction with saliva.
      The question is how can we remove the discolouration . Professional whitening (by a dentist) can give you the best results . This may involve bleaching agents as well as some  form of  illumination or light on the teeth .  Sometimes we use lasers to whiten teeth . The trick is HOW DO YOU SUSTAIN THE NEW LIGHT COLOUR OVER LONG TERM PREVENTING RELAPSE OF THE DARK COLOUR ????  Well that is another topic we can discuss

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    1/ Smoking
    2/ Tea/ Coffee/ Red wine
    3/ Natural ageing of teeth
    4/ Erosion of tooth enamel due to acidic diet.

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    What causes stains on my teeth?

    The main things that causes stains to teeth are

    • coffee, red wine, tea, and foods that contain cumin.
    • Smoking can also leave stains on your teeth.

    For teeth to look yellow the potential causes can be
    • old age, whereby teeth change colour over time.
    • loss of enamel whereby the underlying dentine (yellow in colour) is exposed.

    What can I do to prevent my teeth from going yellow?
    • reduce the consumption of foods and beverages that may stain your teeth
    • rinse your mouth out after consuming your beverage
    • stop smoking
    • brush more gently and stay away from whitening toothpastes (they are abraisive)

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    Wine
    Tea
    Coca cola
    Sports Drinks
    Smoking
    Berries
    Soy sauce
    Tomato Sauce
    Curry sauce
    Sweets

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    The most staining things are dark Asian sauces like Soy Sauce, Oyster Sauce and Hoi Sin Sauce. Black tea and black coffee come next with white tea and white coffee staining less because the milk chemically binds with the tannins in the tea and chemicals in the coffee. Smoking is not as staining compared to other causes as most people think.

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