What Can Stain Your Teeth?

What Can Stain Your Teeth?

A tooth stain is an area of discoloration on the tooth surface. This discoloration can range in color from yellow to brown to black. Stains can occur on the enamel layer of the tooth or deeper within the tooth. With proper oral care, tooth stains are preventable. However, this doesn’t mean you’ll never develop them. In fact, most people suffer from tooth stains to some degree.

Tooth stains can occur for a number of reasons. The most common include:

  • Tobacco

Tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco, are some of the worst culprits when it comes to staining teeth. Tobacco products contain various chemicals that can discolor and damage your teeth. Tobacco stains are dark in color and can be difficult to get rid of. If you plan to quit using tobacco, make sure your dentist is aware.

  • Foods & Drink

The foods and drinks you consume every day can stain your teeth. Some of the most common culprits include:

  • Tea and coffee
  • Red wine
  • Cola
  • Fruit juices
  • Tomato-based sauces
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Berries
  • Soy sauce.
  • Fluorosis

Fluorosis is a condition caused by overexposure to fluoride. The condition causes white, brown, or black streaks on your teeth. The streaks may be on just one tooth or across the whole mouth. Fluorosis can affect children or adults.

Fluorosis is caused by overexposure to fluoride, which can happen when children take a daily fluoride supplement. Fluorosis can also develop when an adult takes a supplement with fluoride in it. 

  • Medications

Any medication you take has the potential to stain your teeth. Even over-the-counter medications contain chemicals that can leave stains on your teeth.

Some of the most common types of medication that may cause tooth discoloration include the following:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antihistamines
  • Antidepressants
  • Blood pressure pills
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Chemotherapy treatments
  • Birth control pills
  • Corticosteroids
  • Diabetes medications
  • Estrogen supplements
  • Rheumatoid arthritis drugs
  • Poor Oral Hygiene

Poor oral hygiene can lead to stained teeth. Plaque and tartar buildup can stain your teeth. If plaque and tartar aren’t removed, they can eventually cause tooth stains and cavities.  

  • Genetics

Yes, genetics can play a role in the color of your teeth. If your parents have yellow teeth, there’s a chance you may have yellow teeth. The same goes for teeth that are white.

  • Aging

Tooth discoloration is a natural part of the aging and maturation process. Your teeth become duller and darker over time. 

Eliminate Dental Stains And Whiten Your Teeth

While tooth discoloration is natural, it’s not necessary. If you want to rejuvenate the appearance of your teeth, consider getting your teeth whitened. In-office whitening treatments can lighten your teeth up to 10 shades.

What Results Can I Expect With Professional Teeth Whitening?

Professional teeth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens discolorations of enamel and dentin. Brightening the teeth can enhance your smile and boost your self-confidence. Professional teeth whitening can give you the dramatic results you’re looking for. Your dentist will use a highly concentrated bleaching gel to remove deep stains from your enamel. The bleaching gel works quickly, so you’ll see results in as little as one treatment.

During your treatment, your dentist will protect your gums with a protective barrier. Then, they will apply the bleaching gel to your teeth. The gel must remain in place for about 30 minutes. Finally, they’ll remove the gel and reveal your whiter smile.

To find out more about the dental services offered at Orange Family Dental, call (619) 280-4861 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit our Dentist in San Diego, CA, at 4205 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105.


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