How to prevent teeth staining
Could your favorite beverage be taking away from your smile! Tea and coffee are a major cause of teeth staining. Read on to find out how to prevent teeth staining!
By Experts at Himalaya Stain Away Toothpaste
We all love waking up in the morning and reaching out for a hot steaming cup of tea or coffee. People from all walks of life, across the world, do make tea and coffee a part of their morning activities. UAE too is at the center of the vibrant coffee and tea industry activities in the Middle East. As per the findings of the Euromonitor International, UAE now accounts for 8 percent, or $6.5 billion, of the $85 billion global consumers spend on coffee.
While we are aware of the health benefits that are derived from the antioxidant properties inherent in these drinks, we cannot ignore the downside of over-consumption of tea and coffee that can cause severe staining and discoloration in the teeth. According to dental experts, tea contains several compounds such as theaflavins, thearubigins, and theabrownins, which have more of a discoloring effect on your teeth the stronger your brew. Besides that, the low Ph levels also contribute in a major way to the staining and discoloration of teeth. Pigments from dark-colored drinks such as coffee, tea, and soda can become embedded in the cracks and ridges between the teeth and, if proper precautionary steps are not taken, can cause permanent, yellowing stains on your teeth.
How you can prevent staining of your teeth
Reduce the intake of beverages: Although giving up tea or coffee may be the best solution to prevent teeth staining, this is far fetched. Therefore we suggest, you consume your preferred beverage at regular break times rather than sipping throughout the day.
Sip water: Alternating a sip of water with that of tea/ coffee helps wash off the pigmenting effects of the beverage. Water is good for your overall oral hygiene as it also washes of toxin and foul smell.
Rinse your mouth regularly: After every session of tea or coffee rinse your mouth thoroughly and if the situation permits brush your teeth to remove the potentially yellowing pigments from your teeth.
Flossing your teeth: Plaque attracts stains. Reducing plaque, in general, will reduce staining. If you don’t floss, you might end up with stains around the surfaces of your teeth even if you brush regularly.
Natural solution: Though there are many other chemical solutions such as bleaching available to get instant results in the form of whiter teeth, oral care experts advise against using these frequently as they can be harmful to the enamel in the long term instead they suggest using simple external procedures like cleaning and brushing teeth preferably using natural ingredients of an herbal nature. Usages of natural ingredients are always better in the protection of teeth rather than harsh chemicals for oral hygiene in the long run. The good news is that dental industry is realizing and moving at a “back to nature” healthy oral hygiene approach through natural or herbal methods like using extracts from fruits like Papaya and pineapple which have been shown to gently polish teeth and clove, miswaak and cinnamon to cite a few examples to protect teeth – the natural way.