Sporting a set of pearly-while teeth is anybody’s dream. Unfortunately, there are quite a few things in out day to day life that can take the sheen out of our teeth and make them stained. Try out the following easy tips and see if you can protect your teeth from the staining influence:

Brushing: Brushing is one of the best ways that helps prevent tooth stains and yellow teeth. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once. If possible, brush after every meal and snack. For best results, try a powered toothbrush. Both electric and sonic toothbrushes may be superior to traditional toothbrushes in removing plaque and surface stains on teeth.

Teeth whitening kits/strips: Bleach with peroxides containing teeth whitening gels can remove both deep and surface stains. Tooth whitening strips will help rid your teeth of most stains.

Toothpastes: Unlike bleaches, toothpastes containing whitening agents don’t change the colour of your teeth. Toothpastes whiten teeth through mild bleaching.

Home remedies: Baking soda when applied gently using a toothbrush to gently can whiten teeth at home. Fruits and veggies like celery, apples, pears and carrots trigger lots of saliva -- which helps to scrub away stains on your teeth. Chewing sugarless gum also triggers saliva, which help eliminate teeth stains.

Quit smoking: Smoking is one of the prime reasons for causing stains. Nicotine causes brown stains that penetrate the groves and pits of tooth enamel and can be hard to remove by brushing alone. The longer you smoke, the more entrenched the stains become.

Rinse after drinking: Remember to brush or rinse your mouth after you drink. Some drinks can stain teeth easily.

Brush after eating colored foods: The deep coloured fruits and veggies like blueberries, blackberries, and beets leave their colour on teeth as well. You can prevent tooth stains by brushing teeth after eating and rinsing your mouth with water.

Avoid sports drinks, lemonade: Sport drinks and bottled lemonade may erode tooth enamel after long-term use, researchers found. The result is thin, translucent, discoloured teeth.

Medications: Certain antibiotics like tetracycline cause gray teeth in children. Antibacterial mouthwashes -- containing chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride -- also stain teeth. Some antihistamines, antipsychotic drugs, and antihypertensive medications cause tooth stains. Iron capsules and excess fluoride can also stain your teeth.

Preventing stains: Take care with foods and drinks that cause tooth discoloration. Anything that can stain a white cotton T-shirt can stain teeth, say dentists. Coffee stains teeth. Beverages such as tea, dark sodas, and fruit juices can stain teeth, though slowly.