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Bad habits that stain your teeth

There are a variety of causes of tooth staining and many of them are bad habits that we have taken up at some point in our life, whether it is a lot of certain foods or drinks, smoking or sticking to a bad oral care routine. It is easy to fall into the trap of tooth staining and discolouration, but it can be easily avoided by taking a look at some of these top habits that will stain your teeth and either cut back or cut it out!


Many drinks are top culprits of tooth staining, especially black tea and coffee, red wine, coloured fizzy and some fruit juices. Drinks like tea and coffee are usually drank in the morning or afternoon at times when we are not likely to brush straight after, which allows them to sit on and between the teeth to leave stains. Red wine is particularly notorious for leaving stubborn stains and the same goes for coloured fizzy drinks as they destroy enamel and stain the underlying dentin. Although fruit juices are good for us, they can have a bad effect on your teeth, especially if left on the teeth overnight without brushing. If you don’t want to cut any of these drinks out of your life, consider drinking through a straw to avoid the liquid from touching your tooth surface.


It shouldn’t be a surprise that artificially coloured candy and sweets are the top causes of tooth staining. Gum and hard candy in particular are kept in the mouth longer than most other foods giving the sugar time to wear down tooth enamel and allowing the artificial colouring embed in the weakened teeth to cause stains over time. Other foods that can cause staining include curries, turmeric, blueberries and blackberries, black walnuts and soy sauce.


Smoking is probably the top bad habit that causes bad and permanent stains to your teeth that are difficult to remove. Nicotine and additives leave a brown and yellow residue that is particularly difficult remove. Stains are so easily caused from smoking as cigarettes come into contact with the teeth regularly throughout the day and therefore allow stains to build-up over time. Chewing tobacco will also have similar effects. If you are concerned about the appearance and health of your teeth it is therefore a great idea to cut back the amount of cigarettes you smoke per day, or quitting altogether.