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The Top 3 Reasons for Tooth Stain

We all want whiter teeth. They make us look younger, it boosts our self-confidence, and gives us a fresher looking smile. Maybe you’ve already whitened your teeth, or you’re still debating whether or not it’s something you want to do. Whether you’re new to whitening or an old pro, it’s important to know what can cause teeth to stain so that you can avoid severe tooth discoloration in the future. 

Here are the top 3 reasons people experience stained, discolored tooth enamel: 


Tobacco stain from smoking can result some of the deepest, most severe tooth discoloration of any other cause. The stain is absorbed in the tooth enamel gradually over time, causing teeth to become dark yellow or even brown over time. Smoking is one of the easiest ways to make your smile look older than it is, and this stain can’t be polished away. 

Coffee, Tea, or Red Wine

Dark colored beverages like coffee, tea, or red wine allow stain particles to build up over the surface of the teeth. Thankfully a large amount of this stain can be polished off during your routine cleaning. However, a portion of the stain particles will also accumulate inside of the pores of the teeth, making the stain build up from the inside, out. Drinking with a straw can help limit the contact time that stain particles have with your teeth. 

Gum Disease

Poor oral hygiene can allow plaque and tartar buildup to occur all over the surfaces of the teeth. Many times tartar will have a yellow, brown, or black appearance. 

Thankfully, professional whitening and preventive cleanings can help patients reverse moderate to severe tooth staining. If you haven’t seen your dentist in 6 months, it’s time!

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists


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