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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



Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Tooth discoloration affects the way we feel about ourselves and can cause us to avoid smiling or interacting in social settings. One of the best ways to address tooth stain, be it whitening or reducing the amount of it, is knowing what the discoloration is coming from. There are two types of tooth stain:

Extrinsic (external tooth stain)
Stain that is simply built up on the surface of the tooth is called extrinsic stain. It can usually be removed during a typical cleaning appointment. Most extrinsic tooth stain is caused from dark drinks like coffee, tea, red wine or tobacco use.

Intrinsic (internal tooth stain)
Intrinsic stain is tooth discoloration that comes from inside the tooth. This stain is not removed during cleaning appointments because the stain is deep within the tooth enamel. Deep stains such as this are usually built up over time from the food and drinks we consume, long-term tobacco use and age. Most intrinsic stains are improved with the use of teeth whitening products.

Factors that affect the color of your teeth may also include:

Previous prescription drugs
Tetracycline use during pregnancy or early childhood can cause developing permanent teeth to have a grayish or blue hue to the tooth. Removal of tetracycline stain is extremely difficult, although it may sometimes respond to more concentrated whitening products.

Calcified plaque, otherwise known as tartar, is usually yellow, brown, black or green in color. This can create an unsightly appearance on your teeth, as well as cause bad breath, bleeding gums and bone or tooth loss. Once plaque is calcified into tartar, it can only be removed by your dentist or hygienist.

The appearance of white lines or brown spots are common to see along the gumlines of permanent teeth, or in the shape of circles where orthodontic brackets were once worn. This is due from small amounts of plaque not being removed each day, resulting in a small scar on the tooth where tooth decay attempted to develop.

Posted on behalf of Pure Dental Health


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