Reasons of the Teeth Discoloration

Monday, February 16, 2009 11:51
Posted in category Dental

Your discolored or yellow teeth may or may not be entirely your fault.

You can blame dark foods and condiments for tooth discoloration.  These include: Curry, soy sauce, berries, cherries, balsamic vinegar, and others that have a lot of pigment. When you eat acidic foods like citrus fruits, it opens up the tooth enamel’s pores.  This can cause your teeth to become stained quite easily.

Staining can be created by drinking things like coffee, dark soda, teas, red wine, and cranberry juice. If it will stain a white T-shirt, it will stain your teeth.  This is a good rule of thumb to keep in mind. Be careful of drinking hot or cold liquids, as this can be painful. These drinks can change the temperature of your teeth.  This causes your teeth to contract or expand. This permits the teeth to become stained easier.

Of course, smoking plays a major role in aiding the staining of teeth. If you catch it early, you can remove most of the staining that is caused by smoking.  If you let it go, the stain sinks in, and it can be very hard to remove from the enamel. After a while, your teeth will be stained permanently by smoking.

Chewing Tobacco:  Tooth enamel on people who chew tobacco can have brown or black stains. This type of stain is noticed more on the bottom front teeth as this is where the tobacco is in the mouth.

Poor Dental Hygiene:  You can make a big difference in keeping your teeth white and healthy by brushing and flossing daily and making regular visits to your dentist.  Be sure to have your teeth cleaned on a regular basis.

Overbrushing – is that possible? Could you be brushing your teeth too much? Of course! Excess brushing with coarse toothpaste (as majority whitening toothpastes) and a stiff brush may really remove the enamel of your teeth eventually. When you do this, it may cause the dentin that underlies the enamel to show.  This causes a yellow appearance. This is why a dentist may suggest using a soft bristle toothbrush.

Disease and Medications:  Tooth discoloration can be caused by some medications like arthritis treatments, antihistamines, acne medications and antidepressants.  This is especially true with long term use.  Doxycycline and tetracycline, two types of antibiotics, can create discoloration. These can especially affect young children.  There can be discoloration of a tooth as a result of chemotherapy.  If you use a mouthwash that contains cetylpyridinium chloride or chlorhexidine, it may stain your teeth.

As people get older, their teeth will collect more stains. Regular wear and tear can create thinning in enamel. This produces the yellow dentine layer to appear completely, and formulates teeth emerge yellow and dry.

Teeth may become discolored from high fluoride levels in the water. Fluorosis especially affects children.  They often get this from swallowing toothpaste while brushing. White, chalky patches or lines on a tooth can be created by Fluorosis.

Genetics:  The tooth enamel of some people is just naturally white and bright.

Damage:  A truly solid strike may produce nerve troubles which will tarnish a tooth. Whitening can momentarily whiten the exterior of the tooth, but it must require a dentist’s consultancy.

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