To prevent discoloration a coffee drinker and/or smoker must consider reducing intake or giving up on these addictions. One can also prevent the side effects of smoking by improving dental hygiene .This can be done by brushing and flossing regularly and getting teeth cleaned by a dentist every 6 months.
Treatment options or home remedies that can be tried at home may vary depending on the cause of the discoloration and include: Using proper tooth brushing
and flossing techniques Avoidance of foods and beverages that cause stains on teeth.
To Keep Teeth White, Don’t Light Up
Not only is it bad for your health, smoking is one of the worst offenders when it comes to teeth stains. Nicotine causes brown stains that penetrate the groves and pits of tooth enamel and can be hard to remove by brushing alone. The longer you smoke, the more entrenched the stains become. Smoking also causes bad breath and gingivitis (gum disease), and increases risk of oral cancers.
Home Remedies for Whiter Teeth
Some people still prefer the age-old home remedy of baking soda and a toothbrush to gently whiten teeth at home.
Mixing 3 teaspoons of baking soda mixed with a teaspoon of table salt makes a very effective whitening paste for your teeth. Brush it gently onto your teeth and gums twice a week, rinsing thoroughly afterwards.
Also, some foods such as celery, apples, pears and carrots trigger lots of saliva — which helps to scrub away stains on your teeth. Chewing sugarless gum also triggers saliva, which help eliminate teeth stains. A bonus from all that saliva: It neutralizes acid that causes tooth decay. With teeth, more saliva is better all around.
Think As You Drink
They may be packed with disease-fighting antioxidants, but a glass of red wine, cranberry juice, and grape juice also stain teeth easily. That doesn’t mean you should give them up, but remember to brush or rinse your mouth after you drink. These aren’t the only teeth-staining foods to be aware of…
More Foods That Stain Teeth
The deep colour of these fruits and veggies give them their nutritional punch. But blueberries, blackberries, and beets leave their colour on teeth as well. Eat up for your health, and prevent tooth stains by:
• Brushing teeth after eating.
• Rinsing your mouth with water.
Sports Drinks Can Be Tough on Teeth
While all sweetened drinks are bad for teeth, some energy and sports drinks may be worse, according to one study in General Dentistry. Researchers found that these drinks — as well as bottled lemonade — may erode tooth enamel after long-term use. The result is thin, translucent, discoloured teeth. To prevent tooth erosion:
• Don’t sit and sip these drinks for a long time.