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Tooth Staining without Habit Changes

In the past couple weeks, my teeth have started to pick up a lot more stains (brown/dark yellow), but I haven't really changed my eating or drinking habits. I usually drink a cup of coffee in the morning and a few glasses of red wine a week, but I have for years. I did have a dentist deep cleaning done with laser treatment about a month or two ago, though. Could this have caused my teeth's enamel to wear away faster than normal and lead to my teeth picking up way more stains? Any other ideas on what would have caused such a quick staining process (and more importantly, how to reverse it and prevent future stains)? I've tried baking soda and activated charcoal, which help a little bit, but the stains keep coming back.

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  • Thanks for the answer! I also realized I was prescribed PerioGard mouthwash which I've been using since the deep cleaning. I looked on the side effects and saw that tooth staining was one of them and was very common. Since it happened quite suddenly, I think that's the culprit. Does that seem likely?

    I just finished the mouthwash last week, so if it doesn't clear up with regular brushing and flossing for a week or two, I'll schedule a visit for an in-office whitening.

  • Yes PerioGard contains Chlorhexidine which does stain teeth. For this reason, I often tell patients to take a q tip dipped into the solution and dab around the gums rather than swish as instructed. It does make sense that your staining is caused by the mouthwash. A cleaning should remove a lot of the staining.

  • That is a great tip on how to use PerioGard while reducing the chance of staining your teeth!

  • Nice tip! Thanks a lot!

  • Tooth discoloration can be a result of anything from coffee to smoking or it can be a natural part of getting older.

    There are three main types of tooth discoloration:
    1. Extrinsic
    2. Intrinsic
    3. Age-related

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  • Tips to Keep Your Teeth Stain-Free
    If your teeth have stains that are getting in the way of a great smile, fight back. You've got lots of ways to brighten them up and keep the shine from going away.

    Stain-makers to watch out for include:

    • Coffee or tea
    • Soda
    • Red and white wine
    • Grape or cranberry juice
    • Blueberries
    • Beets
    • Soy sauce
    • Tomato sauce

    Teeth-Whitening Methods
    Still seeing stains? There are other options. Bleaching can be a good way to brighten your smile.And get advice time to time form dentist & dental clinic in Leicester
    Avoid sugary snacks. If you need to eat between meals try these foods instead:

    • plain popcorn
    • nuts
    • cheese
    • breadsticks
    • plain yogurt
    • rice cakes
    • unsweetened cereal
    • plain bagels
    • fresh soup
  • Teeth stain:-
    Teeth stains have many causes. Certain foods and drinks can cause teeth stains, and as we’ve talked about, tooth discoloration is also a product of several biological factors, including the transparency of your tooth enamel.

    There are many causes of discolored teeth—some of which could have possibly been prevented, and many of which are beyond your control. This comprehensive list can help you determine the cause of discolored teeth, and in many cases, help prevent further discoloring of your teeth:
    food & drink
    Oral Care

    How to Remove Teeth Stains
    Fortunately, there are many treatment options in teeth whitening Leicester for teeth stains. Keep your teeth healthy and looking great by maintaining a consistent oral health routine including twice-daily toothbrushing and daily flossing, twice-yearly visits to your dentist, and by limiting your consumption of teeth-staining beverages. Regular whitening maintenance will help keep them looking whiter and brighter.

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