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Discolored or stained teeth often get in the way of a great and confident smile. As such, you have to make concerted efforts to prevent that from happening. There are several factors that could cause discolored teeth include the following.

* Foods/drinks such as coffee, tea, colas, wines, apples and potatoes, etc.
* Tobacco smoking or chewing tobacco
* Poor dental hygiene – inadequate brushing and flossing to remove plaque and other substances
* Medications for treating several diseases, as well as the disease themselves, sometimes cause teeth discoloration
* Advancing age – the outer layer of enamel on the teeth gets worn away with age, revealing the natural yellow color of dentin.

Here are a few tips for brightening up your teeth and keeping the shine from going away:

Rinse your mouth after each meal. the enamel becomes softer for at least half an hour after consuming certain foods and drinks. Brushing immediately after may actually make things worse by wearing away the weakened enamel. Have a big sip of water after your meal or drink and swirl it around your mouth to clear away any acids or staining compounds. You can brush after an hour.
Also, actively try to get more saliva into your mouth after eating, letting it move over your teeth; it's easy to do after a sip of water. Saliva is your mouth's natural defense against enamel erosion, staining and cavities.

Drink with a straw. This can help keep stains away when you drink soda, juice, or iced coffee or tea. The liquid won't get near the visible front surfaces of your teeth.

Brush, floss, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. All three can help you fight, and prevent formation of, plaque on your teeth. Mouthwash makes the teeth sticky and gives stains something to hold on to.

Don't use tobacco. It stains your teeth whether you chew it or smoke it. There is also the matter of this dangerous habit putting you at risk of cancer. You may need professional help to quit if you think it is an addiction.

Get your teeth professionally cleaned. Make an appointment at least twice a year with the dentist's office. It will keep your mouth healthy and give you a brighter smile. There are also several do-it-yourself kits for teeth whitening.

However, if your teeth appear to be an abnormal color without ready explanation and there's no improvement after making deliberate moves to change the discoloration, make an appointment to see your dentist.


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