How to remove stains from your teeth

Are you embarrassed to laugh or smile because you have stained teeth or bad breath?

 

Stains on the outside of your teeth are commonly created by smoking, chewing tobacco, or drinking coffee or tea, including some green teas. If you find that the staining on your teeth is darker than you might expect, this could be intrinsic staining, which is when the inner dentine is stained and makes the outer enamel look very dark.

A common cause of bad breath is a bacterial infection from gums that have not had regular hygiene visits. Gum disease causes inflammation of the tissue that surrounds teeth and, if left untreated, can lead to melting of bone and gums around teeth. This process can cause pockets to develop in the gum as it moves away from the tooth and can eventually lead to loosening of the teeth. Aggressive bacteria fill the deep pockets around your teeth, producing sulphur compounds that cause bad breath. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth, the less likely you are to develop gum disease.

Our friendly dental hygienist team is here to save the day! At your hygiene appointment, one of our lovely hygienists will help remove stains, plaque and tartar from your teeth. They will professionally clean your teeth with specialist equipment and pastes, which is a process also known as scaling and polishing.

 

All our hygienists offer expert advice about how to keep your teeth plaque-free at home with toothbrushes, interdental brushes and floss. You will also receive an assessment for enamel erosion or tooth surface loss and dietary advice to prevent and control erosion as well as dental decay.

If you have a bridge, denture, orthodontic treatment or dental implants, you may have specific hygiene needs, and all our hygienists can offer advice and support in these areas.

Teeth whitening with or without using micro-abrasion can help with internal stains, as can veneers. Both of these treatments are offered by the dentist. However, veneers tend to be the most invasive treatment, so a dentist should only offer veneers as a last resort. After your hygiene visit, if you still feel that you would like your teeth to be whiter, ask to book with the dentist to see the options that are best for you.

Regularly visiting a hygienist will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums, protect your overall oral health, prevent gum disease and keep your smile naturally whiter. At Upper Berkley Dental Care, we offer a range of services to improve your oral health. Book your hygiene appointment today by calling 0207 262 7652 or emailing gentlejodentist@soegateway.com.

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