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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.
Many dentists recommend using mouthwash in combination with brushing and flossing for keeping fresh breath, preventing cavities, and fighting gingivitis. However, not all mouth rinses are created equal! There are plenty of factors to consider when buying mouthwash. Between the hundreds of brands, formulas, and even colors to choose from, which option is the best […]
Modern dentistry offers many alternatives to dentures. However, dentures are still an option for many patients. Here is what you should know about dentures before making a decision regarding your oral health. Dentures are a big change from natural teeth. There is definitely an adjustment period when it comes to dentures. How They Look and […]
When it comes to teeth whitening, consumers have a wide variety of choices. The sheer volume of over-the-counter options alone can cause great deal of confusion. Are they safe? Do they work? Which products work best? To help answer these questions, we’ve broken down some common options for a pearly white smile. In office bleaching […]
Women are at a higher risk for bone fractures when they enter the menopausal stage, but that’s not all… According to a new study at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, they “also may be at a higher risk for gum disease.” It is stated that further investigations may need to occur to […]
If you’re a new or expectant mother, then it’s a critical time to help your infant’s oral health. Although your infant may not have any chompers of their own just yet, studies have shown that breastfeeding may be an important step in building the framework for their smile! A study done by the National Center […]
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