What Causes Discolored Teeth?

The discoloration of teeth is an issue that many individuals complain about. They do not appreciate what yellow or stained teeth do to their smile. While it is possible to treat discoloration with whitening procedures, preventing staining before and after is essential.

Preventing Tooth Discoloration

The following is often responsible for staining teeth:

  1. Poor oral hygiene - if plaque is allowed to form due to improper brushing and flossing, teeth  can become permanently discolored.
  2. Certain drinks - coffee, tea, soda and red wine are a few of the drink culprits that cause staining.
  3. Thinner enamel - genes, age and dental issues can all contribute to thinning (or thin) enamel. As the enamel thins, the color underneath is revealed. Dentin that is beneath the enamel is more yellow in color.
  4. Illness - there are conditions whose associated treatments can lead to tooth discoloration.
  5. Medication - antibiotics in particular are known to cause discoloration of the teeth (typically yellowing).
  6. Tobacco - smoking is one of the greatest culprits.

Individuals can change their habits in order to prevent the discoloration of their teeth.

Treating Tooth Discoloration

Tooth whitening treatments are available if you are unhappy with the current color of your teeth.

 

 


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