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Cleaning Teeth Stained by Smoking

  • Lucy Thomas     -
  •      November 16, 2018     -

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Teeth Discolouration

Many people spend massive amounts of money on their oral care, trying to ensure that their teeth not only stay in good condition, but also to achieve a gleaming white appearance. While most people are aware that they have pores in their skin, not as many realise that their teeth, which appear to be rock hard and impermeable, also contain tiny pores, which easily absorb the nicotine and tars from tobacco, which causes discoloration. While nicotine itself is essentially colourless, when combined with oxygen, it turns yellow or brown with even e-cigarettes not immune. The stains caused by smoking, or even chewing tobacco, can be very hard to get rid of as they have gradually built up over a long period of time. 

Home Treatments

Getting rid of or reducing those unwanted stains can be achieved in a variety of different ways, though none of the home remedies are going to happen overnight, so it is important to be ready for a long battle. Your local supermarket will have toothpaste which specifically offers whitening properties, which contain chemicals that can help to break down the stains. Asking your dentist for advice on the best brands is a good idea. Rinsing your mouth with diluted hydrogen peroxide can help to reduce stains, as can brushing your teeth, while your mouth is full of mouthwash. Rinsing your mouth with water after smoking can be of a slight help, as can rinsing with lemon juice, or brushing your teeth with a mix of baking soda and strawberries. Home treatments can help, but for safety reasons, it is very difficult to find something in a concentration strong enough to be really effective.

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Good Oral Hygiene

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day will make a very significant difference in stain build up, and is especially important just before you go to bed. Good brushing and flossing between the teeth late in the day can remove nicotine and tar products, which is most important as germs inside the mouth will grow twice as fast while you are sleeping, with the bacterial growth adding to stains. 

Dentist Treatments

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If you are serious about teeth whitening Northbridge and North Shore dentists offer, you really need to consult your dentist, to discuss the professional options. Dentists have access to products with a much higher concentration of stain removing chemicals than you will be able to find over the counter. Additionally, each individual will have differing requirements, which requires a tailored solution, which home treatment products are unlikely to be right for, for most people. Teeth whitening will begin with a professional cleaning, as it is important to get all of the tartar and exterior stains away from the teeth. As soon as possible after this, a whitening process can commence to bring the teeth back as close to their original white colour as possible.

There are a number of factors which will determine the course of treatment, such as the strength of your teeth’s enamel, the conditions of your gums and other variables. Your bright white smile which might have been missing most definitely can be returned to you, but whitening does use bleaching products, so consulting your dentist before you try anything for yourself, is highly advisable to ensure you are only using products with safe chemical levels.