Know the Factors that Cause Teeth Discoloration

Many people often feel shy and hesitate to smile in front of their peers because of stained teeth. Teeth discoloration is nothing but the covering of teeth enamel with other colored products. There are many factors which promote teeth discoloration. Have a look on some of them.

  • The most common reason of discolored or stained teeth is the exposure to organic compounds from foods such as coffee, tea or alcohol. Stains caused due to coffee and tea can be removed easily by dental scaling. However, coffee or tea stains remained over years need bleaching.
  • Some people are used to prescribed antiseptic mouthwashes which contain chlorhexidine. It causes yellow-brown stains on teeth. Light brown or yellowish stains are formed by mouthwashes having Stannous Flouride. Even some Iodine-containing medications cause similar stains.
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco also discolors your teeth. Tobacco causes brown or black stains on the surface of the tooth. Youth consuming alcohol and illegal drugs are more prone to teeth discoloration.
  • When you use dental restorative materials like silver-coated fillings for a long time, the teeth and adjacent areas get into black or gray color.
  • Even citrus fruits like lemon and oranges enhance the loss of teeth color. It is, therefore, recommended to rinse the mouth compulsorily after having them.
  • Drinking water with excessive levels of fluoride may deteriorate the enamel of the teeth leaving teeth discolored.
  • Tooth discoloration is often seen with aging. With years of chewing and larger exposure to acidic foods, the tooth enamel wears off. Certain tiny cracks may be formed on teeth with age. This may trap some food particles between your teeth. Deposition of such small food items for a longer time also discolors your teeth.

Knowing these factors, you should avoid the unnecessary bad habits to maintain teeth color as well as good dental health.