Just been to the dentist, my teeth are all fine but he said I have some mild staining on my teeth. Nothing major, but it's because I drink quite a bit of tea. He said it quite casually so it isn't essential, but I'm wondering if it's worth the visit? My dentist charges £30 for a visit, which is money I'm happy to spend if it's worth it. I just don't know if it is. Can anyone help?
£30 for a Dental Hygiene visit is actually quite a decent price.
It's usually quite effective in removing staining from your teeth, it just depends how keen you are. They appointments tend to be quite thorough and cover quite a few things. They usually do a deep clean which can consist of getting rid of tartar/plaque, washing teeth, polishing, flossing, discussing preventative measures, diet, examining oral hygiene for signs of disease or similar. Appointments roughly last 30-60mins and are quite personalised.
Staining can be removed just from general brushing & use of mouthwash though, although it won't be as quick & if you continue to drink tea a lot then it'll take slightly longer, but it's not impossible to get rid of the staining yourself. Sometimes dentist recommend brushing 3 times a day for this.
If staining is your only concern and it's only casual, then it's really not a necessity to visit them and you could improve the appearance yourself over time. If you haven't visited them before then I would probably recommend just going once for peace of mind.