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Apr
11

Natural Tooth Discoloration

The color and appearance of our teeth are important to us, because our smile is one of the first things that other people will notice. While most tooth discoloration is commonly due to external factors such as tea, coffee, tobacco or wine, our teeth may possibly have internal tooth discoloration and stain as well. Some of the most common types of internal, natural tooth stain are due to:

Prescription Medications

Certain medications, if taken during childhood or taken by your mother during her pregnancy, can affect the way your teeth develop as well as their color. Tetracycline is probably the most well known prescription medicine that alters the appearance of developing permanent teeth. Teeth often erupt years later with a bluish or grey hue deep within the tooth enamel.

Natural Minerals

Fluoride is good for your teeth, but too much fluoride is not. Different parts of the country are known to have heavy levels of natural fluoride in the water supply. Drinking well water that is not monitored by community health organizations may cause too much fluoride to be consumed during tooth development. While these teeth erupt very strong, they also have a hyper calcified appearance that is a splotchy brown or white. Although not visually pleasing, these teeth are very strong.

Developmental Anomalies or Trauma

Oral injuries during tooth development may traumatize the developing enamel buds. So can a very severe fever or illness during childhood. These scars are usually seen after the tooth fully erupts, and are typically brown or pitted areas in the normal tooth enamel.

Natural discolorations of the teeth are typically not corrected with simple whitening routines. Your dentist can work alongside you to tailor a cosmetic dentistry plan that covers these areas to give you a natural, healthy looking smile.

Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care

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