How to avoid teeth staining

While teeth-whitening treatments have grown in popularity, they are not always effective or affordable for everyone, so below we offer a few tips that help to minimise staining to your teeth.

Certain foods and drinks are more likely to stain teeth than others. Here are some of the chief offenders:

• Coffee and tea
• Red wine
• Fizzy drinks, such as cola
• Blueberries and strawberries
• Soy sauce
• Tomato sauce
• Curry

Smoking, which is obviously harmful in many other ways, also stains teeth.

No one would expect you to stop eating or drinking things you enjoy, but it is worth being aware that they could have an impact on your dental health.

Drinking water will help to neutralise your saliva. Using a straw with fizzy drinks also reduces their contact with your teeth.

Another tip is to eat cheese, which has been found to help neutralise the acid in saliva that can stain teeth. Cheese also strengthens your teeth.

Of course, the best way to maintain a brighter smile is to regularly clean your teeth. Remember to floss or use interdental brushes to ensure those difficult to reach surfaces between your teeth are properly cleaned.

We also advise regular visits to a dental hygienist. You can see our hygienists directly, without seeing a dentist or obtaining a prescription first. Getting your teeth professionally cleaned also has benefits beyond a brighter smile – it can reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes, as well as preventing halitosis (bad breath).