Teeth Stains And Teeth Discoloration. Causes And Reasons.

By Teeth Whitening Los Angeles. Teeth are getting stained as time passes by. Of course, brushing teeth at least twice a day and flossing regularly, will slow down the staining and discoloration significantly, but still a lot of people notice that despite their efforts their teeth continue to get yellower.

There are multitude of reasons and causes for teeth discoloration. Here are some of them.

  • Foods/drinks. Coffee, tea, sodas, wines, and several fruits and vegetables (apples and potatoes for example) can stain your teeth.
  • Tobacco use. Chewing tobacco, smoking cigarettes or cigars will stain your teeth.
  • Poor dental hygiene. Brushing teeth and flossing help in removing plaque and stain-producing substances like coffee and tobacco. Infrequent or irregular brushing and flossing can cause tooth discoloration.
  • Illnesses. Some diseases affect teeth enamel (the hard surface of the teeth) and dentin (the underlying material under enamel) and can lead to tooth discoloration. Some treatments can also affect the color of your teeth. Head and neck radiation and chemotherapy among others can cause teeth discoloration. In addition, certain infections in pregnant mothers can cause tooth discoloration in the infant by affecting enamel development.
  • Drugs And Medications. Tetracycline and doxycycline (antibiotics) are the cause of teeth discoloration of kids who underwent treatment before their teeth were still developing (mostly before they are eight). Mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride can also stain teeth. Antihistamines (like Benadryl), antipsychotic drugs, and drugs for high blood pressure can also cause teeth discoloration.
  • Dental materials. Some of the materials used in dentistry, such as amalgam restorations, especially silver sulfide-containing materials, can cast a gray-black color to teeth.
  • Age. As you get older, the layer of enamel on your teeth gets worn away revealing the natural yellow color of dentin.
  • Genetics. Some people naturally have whiter enamel than others.
  • Environment. Excessive fluoride from environmental sources (naturally high fluoride levels in water) or from excessive use (fluoride applications, rinses, toothpaste, and fluoride supplements taken by mouth) can cause teeth discoloration.
  • Trauma. For example, damage from a fall or a hit can disturb enamel formation in kids with developing teeth. Trauma can also cause discoloration to adult teeth.
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