What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
There are many different causes for discoloration of the teeth and you may be familiar with some of the reasons already:
- Tobacco use. Chewed and smoked tobacco can both stain teeth and lead to oral cancer and an increased decay rate.
- Food & drink. Coffee, tea, soda, wine and some fruits and vegetables can stain teeth.
- Fluoride. Excessive fluoride consumption either from water supplies or from excessive use in home dental care products can cause fluorosis, or a “spotting” of the teeth.
- Insufficient dental hygiene. Some food, drinks and tobacco stain the enamel itself and cling to the bacterial plaque that coats the teeth. Inadequate brushing and flossing and infrequent visits to the dental hygienist for cleanings will fail to remove this plaque and ultimately lead to discoloration.
- Medication. Certain antibiotics (specifically tetracycline and doxycycline) are known to discolor teeth when given to children whose teeth are still developing (before the age of 8). Mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride can also stain your teeth. Antihistamines, anti-psychotic drugs, and blood pressure medications can also cause discoloration.
- Age. Teeth naturally darken with age as the tooth enamel wears down and exposes more of the naturally darker dentin below.
- Heredity. Some people have naturally brighter or thicker enamel than others.
- Trauma. Damage to a tooth in adults and children can cause a tooth to darken.
Can tooth discoloration be reversed?
Absolutely. We offer several treatments depending on the nature of the discoloration. Click on the most common treatments below to learn more about them:
There’s no need to feel self-conscious about your smile any longer! If you are concerned about discolored teeth, contact us to make an appointment for an exam and an evaluation of which treatment is best for you.