tooth discoloration

Reasons for Tooth Discoloration

Ever look at a photo of yourself from only a few years ago and ask yourself, “Huh, were my teeth looked a bit brighter back then?” We definitely do. Coffee and red wine usually get the most blame for teeth discoloration, but several other causes may be the culprit. We’ve laid out the most common reasons  below so you can get back your smile’s shine and maintain those pearly whites!

Common Reasons for Tooth Discoloration

Spotty Dental Routine: We’re definitely a little biased at Belmont Dental Associates, but if you don’t brush and floss regularly, plaque can harden into tartar, leaving a yellow-brown color along your gums. It takes a professional to remove plaque and tartar buildup, so the better you maintain this issue the easier your regular cleanings with us will be!

Diet: Some of the foods we hold dearest to our heart, at least our team favorites in Belmont — like coffee on a Monday morning — can stain our teeth. Besides coffee and red wine, a few of the top offenders include tea, berries, grapes, tomato and soy sauces, soda, dark juices, and white wine. There is no need to give up on these treats, just make sure you are rinsing with water right after consumption and brush your teeth as soon after as possible!

Tobacco Use: Smoking and chewing tobacco can cause a slew of health issues, the least worrisome of which is yellow teeth. That said, it’s one of the most common aesthetic complaints among tobacco users, and one of the most noticeable to their peers.

Too Much Fluoride: Fluoride is a good thing, but like all good things, too much of it isn’t recommended. Consuming too much of it, like in tap water or through dental care products (like mouthwash), can leave streaks across the front of your teeth or a brown outline around your teeth.

Enamel Decay: Enamel is that hard shell that protects the inside of your tooth. But if it decays or doesn’t fully develop, you may see a variety of stains and changes, including pits, white spots, or yellow-brown streaks. If you suspect decay, schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible by calling our front office at 704-825-3455.

What Helps Prevent Stains

Pardon our sounding like a broken record, but generally, the one great way to prevent teeth discoloration is to take exquisite care of your teeth and your health. Here are some of our favorite measures you can take right away to keep your teeth bright:

  • Brush after eating or drinking
  • Floss daily
  • Pass on the sugary foods and drinks
  • Add calcium to your diet
  • Nix any tobacco use

We can help, too! If you need some help adding more sparkle to your smile, we’re here for you. We offer a number of professional whitening services to reverse your tooth discoloration, including in-office whitening solutions and take home kits. Ask your hygienist at your next dental appointment and they will be happy to help determine the best whitening treatment for your smile. Give us a call to learn more and schedule your next appointment online today!