Q&A: How many cigarettes does it take to make your teeth noticeably stained?

Question by puresetting: How many cigarettes does it take to make your teeth noticeably stained?
Just wondering, and if you brush your teeth often, can you avoid stained teeth?

Best answer:

Answer by Liberal Girl
No, you cannot. Some foods or drinks that you eat can cause stained teeth. Even medications that you take can cause stained teeth.

As you get older, your teeth can look a bit yellow.

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  1. Eva A says

    It may take a few weeks before you notice your teeth being more yellow, but you are staining your teeth gradually with every cigarette you smoke. The speed and severity of staining depends on many factors, such as, strength of enamel, diet, and how often you brush your teeth. Nicotine and tar staining will increase from shades of yellow to brown over time.
    You can decrease the staining affect by limiting smoking, brushing your teeth more often, using a whitening toothpaste, and using a teeth whitening product to bleach your teeth every so often. However, even with good dental care, you are still staining your teeth. All you can do with other products is remove the stain.
    Of course, I recommend quitting smoking and rinsing your mouth with water after every meal and after drinking tea, soda, or coffee. Any acidic foods that you eat will also wear down your tooth enamel and lead to stains. Your body doesn’t restore enamel once it is lost, so you have to take care of it. Use a soft bristled tooth brush and avoid brushing your teeth too hard. Brushing your teeth too hard or using an abrasive toothpaste will wear down your enamel and can cause your gums to recede.