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Tooth Discoloration? Here’s How To Fix It!

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

There are many reasons why teeth can become discolored. Dentists have categorized causes of tooth discoloration into 2 types: Extrinsic and Intrinsic.

  • Extrinsic Staining – This type of discoloration is usually superficial and appears yellow and spread out over the entire tooth. It’s normally a result of eating food or drinking beverages that have very strong colors in them. Probably the worst culprit is black tea, as the high concentration of tannins get caught in minuscule crevices in the teeth, leaving the tooth stained. Other sources of extrinsic discoloration are berries, coffee, wine, and smoking.
  • Intrinsic Staining – This type of discoloration is not usually spread out over an entire tooth, but rather is usually small, localized, and very dark. These stains are much deeper in the tooth and are basically built into the tooth. These stains appear most often as a side effect of some medications. They can also appear as a result of disease, overexposure to fluoride, or as a result of the dentin layer of the teeth showing when the outer enamel layer erodes.

Have these stains? Luckily there are ways to clean or hide them! Generally, removing extrinsic stains is much easier than dealing intrinsic stains, as intrinsic stains usually have to be hidden.

  • Whitening Extrinsic Teeth stains – These stains can usually be removed by in-office teeth whitening or take home teeth whitening kits. You can also help avoid getting the stains in the first place by rinsing out your mouth with water after eating tooth-staining food. Whatever you do, don’t brush your teeth after eating staining food, as staining foods are generally also acidic and brushing right after eating acidic food can erode the enamel layer of your teeth.
  • Whitening Intrinsic Teeth stains – These stains usually can’t be treated with regular teeth whitening solutions and these stains need to be covered up. This can be accomplished through the use of dental veneers or dental crowns. These stains are also harder to avoid, as they may be a result of an important medication you are taking. It’s also hard to know when your teeth are over-fluoridated until the stains already appear on your teeth. Veneers and crowns cover up the stains and are do not stain from medication and fluoride.

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How Heartburn Can Ruin Your Teeth

At first it may seem that heartburn has nothing to do with your teeth. After all, the burning sensation is in your chest, not your mouth. However, repeated instances of heartburn can actually cause erosion and staining of the teeth. When your stomach produces a large amount of acid in order to digest a hard-to-digest […]

Apr
27

4 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is a seemingly simple part of your daily routine. However, even if you’re a conscious brusher, doing any of the following things could be causing your teeth more harm than help. Multitasking While Brushing Are you one of those people who checks their emails or scrolls through social media while brushing? If […]

Apr
20

4 Common Oral Health Problems and How to Avoid Them!

Your smile is your best chance at making a great first impression. It’s the first thing people see, and it can be the key to opening a conversation, making a new friend, or even brightening someone’s day. So, if oral health issues are keeping your smile hidden, it’s time to do something about it! Here […]

Apr
13

If You Found Something Weird in Your Mouth, It Could Be This!

Human nature usually leads us to jump to conclusions. We get really nervous when we find a new lump, bump, or mole on our body, because we know it doesn’t belong and it wasn’t there before. However, if you’ve found a soft swelling in the mouth, it could simply be a mucocele, which is a […]

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