Although it is often assumed that people who have stained teeth do so because of poor dental hygiene. It is not always the case since even well-cared-for teeth can become discolored due to drinking coffee, tea, dark cola and red wine. Some antibiotics can also cause teeth to discolor.
Stained teeth occurs with frequent exposure to staining agents that reach below the tooth surface. Smokers and people with poor oral hygiene very likely end up with stained teeth. However, other factors, including diet, can cause stained teeth. The most common causes are:
Water: Some water contains high levels of fluoride. Regularly consumed, brown staining will eventually occur.
Medications: Children who are exposed to tetracycline and tetracycline forms such as minocycline and doxycycline are vulnerable to staining. Minocycline can also cause discoloration in adult teeth. Excessive use of fluoride can cause tooth discoloration in children, as well.
Age: Extra attention to oral hygiene may be needed to avoid yellow or brown teeth as adults age.
Trauma: Trauma to adult teeth can cause discolored teeth, typically creating a dark gray tooth color.
Food: Stained teeth can be caused by regular consumption of soy sauce, berries, black tea, coffee, red wine, colas and red juices. To avoid staining, these foods should be carefully limited, or avoided altogether.
Tobacco: All tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chew) cause yellowed and stained teeth.
Fortunately, it is easy to maintain a bright smile. Be sure to rinse away staining elements by brushing your teeth or swishing with water. Eating a balanced diet will also help to keep teeth clean.
If you smoke, this is another reason to quit. Smoking is a leading factor in tooth discoloration and is drying to oral tissues, leaving you more susceptible to bacteria build up, bad breath and tooth decay.
Our office offers Zoom II Whitening as an effective way to restore a white, attractive smile. In about an hour, you can enjoy a brighter smile, even when teeth are deeply stained. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to learn more.