It’s a fact that stained and yellow teeth turn people off. So, you have to be more careful about getting your teeth brighter and whiter. Dental hygiene and toothpaste alone will not restore stained enamel and whiten your teeth. You have to take care of other things also to make your teeth whiter. Many years of drinking coffee or tea, smoking, or just simple poor oral health can lead to dental stains.

Causes of Tooth Stains

Dental stains can be divided into two different branches. These two types are extrinsic stains and intrinsic stains.

Extrinsic stains are those that can be noticed on the outer surface of the teeth, generally caused by fungus or bacteria that develop on your teeth. Habitual coffee/tea drinking, bad oral hygiene and some other habits, which cause stains on the outer surface of the teeth, are the causes of extrinsic stains.

Intrinsic stains are those that appear to be growing inside your tooth layers, or inside your teeth. Antibiotics, too much fluoride, old age, teeth decay, injury inflicted directly on your teeth, and even tooth fillings are some of the causes of intrinsic stains.

How We Can Get Rid Of Dental Stains?

1.   Main type of defense against gum diseases is proper and regular brushing and flossing. Try to brush your teeth after each meal, if possible and use floss at least once in a day to get rid of plaque. They can sustain the health and fitness of your gums, teeth and even the bones around the teeth. Good dental care can avoid many types of dental problems.

2.   Avoid the diets, which are highly rich in sugar like soda drinks. And the acid in the soda drinks can also damage your gums and teeth. These things cause stains on your teeth.

3.   To improve your oral hygiene, you should eat more fiber-rich vegetables and fruits. These food items enhance the generation of saliva, which helps in the enameling of teeth surfaces during the early phases of tooth decay.

4.   Quit the habit of smoking to avoid further harm to your teeth and gums. Smokers face normally higher risk of having gum diseases as compared to non-smokers. Smoking also creates stains on your teeth. So, to get rid of these yellow stains, you should stop smoking.

5.   You should visit your dentist for proper examinations of your teeth and cleanings at least two times in a year. Checkups provide the detection of oral problems early.

6.   Minimize acidic foods, like citrus fruits that can contribute considerably to the staining and discoloration of your tooth enamel. Avoid acidic foods prior to sleep at night. And after eating these acidic foods, you must rinse and brush your teeth very well.

7.   Minimize the usage of mouthwashes. They contain some chemicals that can discolor or stain your teeth. These chemicals can be easily absorbed by the fragile tissues lies under your tongue and hence be absorbed by your system.

8.   Drink lots of water because water will help in washing away the possible stains on your teeth and will remove the harmful bacteria.


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  • dr ritz

    dr ritz 20 - January - 2012, at 04:06 AM

  • Theresa, Select a glass or plastic cup and fill it with mixture of vinegar and water. To this, add 3 tablespoons of baking soda and place your denture in this solution for 15 minutes to remove the deposits. After that take out the dentures and clean it with a soft brush moistened in solution. Don’t use very hot water to clean the dentures as it can lead to warpage. To avoid staining of dentures, it is important to clean the dentures regularly.

  • Theresa

    Theresa 19 - January - 2012, at 10:13 AM


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