While your dental hygiene routine might be setting you on track to healthy and bright pearly whites, your habits might be setting you back and staining your teeth.

Everyday habits can compromise the colour and appearance of your teeth, sometimes more than you know. Here are the most common tooth-staining culprits.

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Dark coloured food and drinks

Eating and drinking deeply pigmented food can stain your teeth, especially if your teeth enamel has been compromised.

Coffee and tea are common culprits when it comes to staining teeth because we drink these throughout the day

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According to Crest toothpaste coffee and tea cause tooth staining in two different ways. The one way is because of the tannins and pigments in tea coffee, wine and other dark coloured drinks. These can build on the tooth’s surface causing stains.

The second way that tea and coffee stain teeth are by tooth decay. When you eat or drink bacteria build up on your teeth and could lead to tooth decay and permanent discolouration.

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Skipping flossing

Flossing can be awkward, it’s hard to tell if you’re doing it right, but it is necessary. When you skip flossing you risk bacteria breeding between your teeth and causing tooth decay.

The space between your teeth is especially vulnerable to tooth decay because food can easily get stuck in there and possibly be stuck throughout the day. Tooth decay causes permanent tooth staining among other more serious dental issues.

Fluoride stains

While the most obvious stains are the brown or yellow, fluoride stains which can be whiter than your teeth are also common.

Overexposure to fluoride can cause defects in your tooth enamel, this often happens when you’re young and your teeth are still in the formative stages.

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