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Expert explains how to avoid getting yellow teeth after dentist shared common mistake people make

Expert explains how to avoid getting yellow teeth after dentist shared common mistake people make

Here's how to maintain pearly white teeth

Dental experts have shared tips on how you can avoid getting those dreaded yellow teeth.

Thanks to social media influencers and shows such as Love Island, it now feels like our regular-looking teeth no longer cut it.

After all, who couldn't help but feel a little self conscious when we're constantly bombarded with images of super straight, pearly white teeth (AKA veneers) all of the time?

The good news is you don't have to go to the extreme of flying out to Turkey for a fresh set of veneers to feel more confident either, as there are plenty of ways you can look after your pearly whites at home.

A recent post from Dr. Shaadi Manouchehri - who goes by @dr.shaadi.manouchehri on social media - revealed that habits such as brushing your teeth after breakfast or your morning coffee are causing damage to your enamel, which will inevitably give your teeth a tea-stained yellow tinge.

If you've been guilty of skipping brushing your teeth before bed or after an acidic drink don't worry, there are several ways you can avoid or rescue mis-coloured teeth.

Specialised toothpastes

Of course not every product in the supermarket which claims to give you a Hollywood smile within a handful of days will work as advertised, but it's likely that they can help with the appearance of your teeth.

It's also worth look for a toothpaste which combines ingredients such as baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are bleaching agents and can improve the appearance of discoloured teeth.

Bleaching agents such as baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can be found in some toothpastes. (Getty Stock Images)
Bleaching agents such as baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can be found in some toothpastes. (Getty Stock Images)

However make sure you don't overdo it as excessive use can also damage your teeth. According to the American Dental Association hydrogen peroxide should not exceed a concentration of 3.6%, while Colgate states that a percentage between three and six is safe for use.

Whitening strips and trays have become increasingly popular over the past couple of years as a quick fix method, however it's important not to overuse them.

Toothpaste containing charcoal can also be beneficial however, like whitening strips, it's important that you don't overuse them as it will end up damaging your enamel.

Foods to avoid

Coffee and milky tea are, of course, major offenders in staining your teeth. However, they're not the only food and drink which can cause your gnashers to get a yellowed appearance.

Most of our teeth look like this - and its absolutely fine. (Getty Stock Images)
Most of our teeth look like this - and its absolutely fine. (Getty Stock Images)

Fizzy drinks, citrus fruit drinks and red wine can also cause staining due to their sugary and/or acidic nature - which is abrasive to your teeth.

Foods such as curry, tomato-based sauces and berries can also cause erosion to your enamel.

We're not suggesting you live off a diet of just water and plain vegetables - that would be miserable - but the key thing to remember with any food is moderation.

Don't overdo the sugary foods, maintain good dental health and throw in the occasional use of hydrogen peroxide toothpaste or whitening strips and your teeth will most likely be fine.

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Topics: Health