Say Goodbye to Dental Stains: Tips for a Whiter, Healthier Smile
September 23, 2023
Discover how to achieve whiter and brighter teeth while bidding farewell to stubborn dental stains. Explore the causes of extrinsic and intrinsic stains, and learn expert tips to maintain a cleaner, healthier smile. Say goodbye to discolouration caused by coffee, tea, and more by following our advice on regular oral care and professional cleanings.


Ina Alberts

Dental Stains?

Nothing feels or looks as good as healthy, pearly white teeth!  Most visible discolourations on teeth can’t be removed with a toothbrush.  Dental stains can range from yellow, brown, black, white or green discolourations and can be unsightly.  Routine visits to your dental hygienist can leave your teeth stain-free because it is usually plaque and tartar build-up that stain.  You’ll also receive handy tips on keeping your mouth cleaner and healthier, reducing the chance of dental stains forming.  The better you keep them clean, the better you’ll keep them white!

Stains can occur on teeth’ outer or inner surfaces (extrinsic or intrinsic stains).  Our teeth are exposed daily to what we eat, our habits, and how well/ regularly we clear them.  This affects the colour of our teeth.  Extrinsic stains caused by foods/ drinks, certain mouthwashes, smoking, and poor oral hygiene can easily be removed by your dental hygienist when professional cleaning is done.  Intrinsic stains (Fluorosis, tetracycline discolouration, small cracks/ fracture lines in teeth letting extrinsic stains penetrate deeper or discolouration of endodontically treated teeth) can be addressed with teeth whitening.

Things that tend to stain teeth include:  coffee, tea, red wine, curries, berries, tobacco use, colorants in vaping.  Stains tend to form in areas where we don’t clean as well, i.e. on plaque and tartar or when you’re not cleaning regularly enough. 

Typical Dental Stains

Smoke Stains

Smoke Stains

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