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How to remove stains from teeth

Stains on teeth can be brought about by several factors that might or might not be within your control. If you are a smoker you might develop yellowish stains on your teeth caused by nicotine and tar. The bad thing about smoking is that the stains are difficult to remove. In addition, it has other negative consequences such as gum diseases, gingivitis, mouth ulcers and cancer.

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Other sources of stains on teeth include coffee and tea. These beverages often leave their telltale marks on your dentures.

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Red wine is another source of tooth discolouration. Hence, if you are fond of drinking a few glasses everyday, you might get stains from the residues of the red wine.

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Red wine is another source of tooth discolouration. Hence, if you are fond of drinking a few glasses everyday, you might get stains from the residues of the red wine.

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Food stains can also be a factor to consider in teeth discolouration. For example, sugar beets, dark berries and so on can make your teeth change colour.

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To minimise the occurrence of teeth discolouration, it is advised to rinse your mouth after drinking coffee, tea or red wine or after eating berries and food that cause stains on the teeth.

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Brushing the teeth after consuming these beverages and food is a better idea, but if this is not always possible or practical, rinsing with clear water can help prevent the build up of residues.

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Brushing the teeth after consuming these beverages and food is a better idea, but if this is not always possible or practical, rinsing with clear water can help prevent the build up of residues.

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Getting your teeth cleaned by the dentist every 3 to 6 months is also highly recommended. The dentist or dental hygienist will clean your teeth and get rid of tartar, plaque as well as stains.

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Should tough stains remain on your teeth, you can also choose professional bleaching. You can do this every 3 months or as needed. If you pay attention to what you eat and drink, professional bleaching can actually last up to a year.

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There are even bleaching trays that work well at home so you can do it yourself without spending loads on professional bleaching fees. Kits, trays, toothpastes and strips are other cheaper options. Note that these solutions work for light teeth discolouration. Heavy stains are best removed with the help of a professional.

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There are even bleaching trays that work well at home so you can do it yourself without spending loads on professional bleaching fees. Kits, trays, toothpastes and strips are other cheaper options. Note that these solutions work for light teeth discolouration. Heavy stains are best removed with the help of a professional.

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