Why do my teeth look stained? – Common reasons behind staining of teeth.

We all love a white and bright smile. However, that’s not the reality for most of us. It often amuses us that what goes behind staining of our teeth. If known earlier, can this staining be prevented?
South Yarra Family Dental brings to you the common reasons for teeth staining, the related habits and the severity associated with them.

    Research has been elemental in proving that smoking increases the chances of oral cancer and periodontitis. Continuous smoking causes a brownish hue to be deposited on the surface of teeth. While professional cleaning can be used to get rid of some of these stains , the stains deposited in the deep pits and grooves is often difficult to get rid off. On the other hand, vaping causes lesser damage to the teeth however, the ill-effects of tobacco are still persistent.
  2. TEA and COFFEE
    Australia witnesses a prominent coffee culture. Whether it is catching up with mates or a morning run, an expresso or latte is sure to give you company. However, beverages such as tea and coffee stain teeth over a prolonged duration. Simple tips such as rinsing your mouth post the beverage or even drinking milk along with the beverage can make a noticeable difference. Drinking through a straw can have some benefits in this regard as well.
    Like coffee, wine also causes long term discolouration on the surface of the teeth. The teeth develop a visible bluish discoloration followed by a brownish hue.
  4. Chlorhexidine
    Chlorhexidine is an anti-bacterial agent found in some mouthwashes. While it is extremely effective for killing germs, it causes discolouration on the teeth’s surface and should be used only for a short duration. It is usually recommended to use this kind of mouthwash on prescription by the dentist.

These are the most common reasons for teeth staining however they are not the only ones. Some of the other reasons include poor oral hygiene, acid erosion from food/drinks or reflux/vomiting and grinding of teeth.
Thus, the most appropriate way to know the reason behind the staining of your teeth is to get a regular check-up and clean done by a dental professional. This can not only help avoid staining in its early stages but also recognise any past effects.

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Why Might I Need a Tooth Removed?

Tooth extraction may be necessary to clear up a bad infection, for example where a tooth has become abscessed. Sometimes a tooth is too badly damaged to repair and this may be the case if it is extensively decayed or has perhaps cracked right down through the tooth roots. A tooth that has become loose may also need to be removed. If you do require a tooth extraction, we will make sure you are comfortable during the whole procedure.

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Tooth Brushing For Kids

Two minutes is the recommended time for brushing teeth, however it can be challenging to get your children to brush their teeth for long enough. To young children 2 minutes feels like eternity and they often tend to rush through their dental routine, ultimately this can lead to tooth decay. Luckily this can be prevented by introducing strategies designed to make brushing fun.

•            A tooth brush timer or keeping a timer in the bathroom is the easiest way to ensure your child is brushing their teeth for the recommended time.

•            Playing your child’s favourite song or tune while they brush is a fun way to insure they are brushing for long enough.

•            Set the example by brushing your teeth with them. Challenge them to mimic how you brush.

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South Yarra Family Dental Care has been awarded REACCREDITATION from QIP and the Australian Dental Association.

This means our practice follow the best standards of practice, Infection Control and Sterilisation ensuring all of our patients are cared for in the highest manner.

A big thank you and congratulations to our lovely staff Natasha who was instrumental in this process.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a repetitive jaw-muscle activity that involves clenching or grinding of the teeth or thrusting of the jaw. This can happen while awake or during sleep.

Signs and symptoms of teeth grinding

You might be experiencing teeth grinding if you notice some or all of the following signs:

• Worn down, shorter teeth

• Chipped and cracked teeth, fillings or crowns

• Pain and tenderness in the facial and neck muscles in the morning

• Grinding noises – a bed partner may notice, but your partner may not hear anything if they are in deep sleep, and it may not happen every night.


Some effective management options for teeth grinding and clenching may include:

• Protecting the teeth and any fillings or crowns. This is best done by using a custom made splint (a type of mouth guard). Hard splints are better than soft ones. Do not use a ready-made splint without consulting your dental practitioner. Poorly fitted splints can cause further damage if the wear is due to tooth erosion. Splints that do not cover all the teeth may lead to unwanted tooth movement.

• Restoring the damaged teeth with fillings or crowns (when necessary, see above).

• Seeing a physiotherapist who has knowledge in treatment of this issue.

The following may help with muscle tenderness or aching:

• Using warm heat packs over the tender muscles

• Trying to eat softer foods and limiting jaw movements where possible

• Using over-the-counter pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications as

directed, for short periods of time.

Studies on the use of Botox injections into some of the jaw muscles are being conducted.

Helpful tips to prevent Teeth grinding

. Stop smoking and drinking coffee or alcohol at night

. Limit physical or mental activity before going to bed, and make sure you have a relaxing sleep environment

. Try relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga

. Address excessive psychological stress, anxiety or depression as these may aggravate your teeth grinding

.Visit your dental practitioner regularly

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Happy Easter

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Tuesday open from 8.30 am…

From the team at South Yarra Family Dental Care we hope you all have Safe and Happy Easter .

Quick Trivia

 *   Teeth start to form before you are born – the first stage begins in the fetus at about six weeks of age. However, they do not come through until the child is between 6-10 months old.
  *   If you are right-handed, you will typically chew your food on your right side. If you are left-handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
  *   Nearly half the surface area of your teeth is between them; this means if you do not floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces.
  *   Humans are omnivores – we have four different types of teeth (incisors, canine, premolars, and molars) to bite, tear and grind our food.
  *   Humans only have two sets of teeth in their entire lifetime – milk teeth and permanent teeth.
  *   An average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime.
  *   Prior to the invention of modern fluoride toothpastes in 1914, Ancient Greeks used pumice, talc, alabaster, coral powder, or iron rust as toothpaste.
  *   The first toothbrushes were tree twigs. Chewing on the tips of the twigs with a frayed end.
  *   Just as unique as fingerprints – no two people have the same set of teeth.
  *   The first commercial floss was manufactured in 1882.

How often should you replace your toothbrush?

You need to replace your toothbrush every three to four months.

Bristles that become frayed and worn are less effective in cleaning your teeth.

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