No one is a fan of tooth stain. You do all you can to keep your teeth as white and bright as possible. Preventing discoloration can feel like an uphill battle.
Here are a few common but little known causes of teeth staining. Getting a better idea of what’s behind your dark buildup can help you avoid it.
Most people attribute tooth stain to dark-colored liquids. A pale blue or bright yellow bottle of sports drink doesn’t sound like a formula for dark teeth. But sports drinks contain high levels of sugar and acids that wear away enamel. As enamel thins, the yellow dentin shows through.
Dyes in the drink will also cause stain when they stick to the worn-away spots.
Tetracyclines are a class of antibiotics that cause stain from the inside out on developing teeth. The stain shows up dark brown or gray in the teeth of children who had this medication or whose mothers took the antibiotic while pregnant.
If you’re a coffee drinker, then it’s more likely the brew rather than your fluoride toothpaste causing the stain. But, too much ingested fluoride can cause white spots to form in developing teeth. That’s one reason why children shouldn’t swallow toothpaste.
Smacking a tooth hard enough can cause nerve damage years later. A dying nerve will discolor the tooth on the inside.
As we get older, our enamel thins and denting (the yellow tooth layer) thickens. Teeth naturally get yellow with time.
How you whiten your teeth often depends on what caused the stain to begin with. Over the counter teeth whitening products are not as effective as professional teeth whitening and may not have any effect on certain types of tooth stains or discolorations. For effective teeth whitening or treating stubborn tooth discolorations, contact your local dentist.
Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
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