Causes, Treatments, and Prevention of Tooth Discoloration

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Although it might make us feel self-conscious, tooth discoloration is fairly common and can be caused by a variety of factors. Understanding the causes of tooth stains is critical for anybody who wishes to keep their teeth white, as it allows you and your Aventura Dentist to work together to prevent and/or treat tooth stains. 

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What Causes Teeth to Discolor or Darken?

Five of the Most Prevalent Causes of Tooth Discoloration

  1. The gradual deterioration of our teeth’ enamel is an inevitable feature of aging. The yellowish hue of dentin causes many people’s teeth to yellow as they get older 
  2. Poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth discoloration tartar build-up and other dental issues. 
  3. Smoking or Chewing Tobacco can cause your teeth to turn yellow 
  4. Several medications can contribute to tooth discoloration. The same goes for certain medical treatments such as chemotherapy or head and neck radiation. 
  5. Falling and chipping or otherwise damaging a tooth can harm the tooth’s enamel. This can lead to discoloration of the tooth, which is most common in children but can affect people of all ages.

Prevention and Treatment

Changing your lifestyle habits, such as quitting smoking and drinking coffee, is the most effective way to avoid tooth discoloration. You may also keep your teeth from discoloring and yellowing by following these steps: 

  1. Getting a dental checkup and cleaning every 6 months 
  2. Drinking water frequently, especially after meals 
  3. Following a healthy diet with foods rich in fiber  
  4. Following a good dental hygiene routine  

Extrinsic Discoloration

You can have your teeth professionally whitened. This is a fantastic therapy for severe discoloration brought on by food, alcohol, smoking, and the aging process.

Intrinsic Discoloration

This is the case when there is significant damage or discoloration as a result of drugs or medical conditions. Your dentist may recommend veneers or crowns to hide the discolored regions in some cases.

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Ready to Talk to Your Aventura Dentist?

Visiting your dentist every six months for a professional dental cleaning is the greatest way to ensure that your smile is as bright and attractive as possible. Your dentist or dental hygienist will remove more plaque from your teeth during these appointments. Contact Biscayne Dental Center to schedule an appointment.