Teeth Staining 101: What You Need to Know

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Regardless of your age, we all wish for a bright white smile! Unfortunately, most (if not all) of us struggle with tooth discoloration and staining to some extent. Thankfully, tooth discoloration is relatively easy to prevent if you are aware of the many culprits! 

 

There are two main types of tooth staining: intrinsic and extrinsic. Most of us struggle with extrinsic stains that are caused by external influences such as dietary and lifestyle habits. There are many ways to treat extrinsic stains including both natural and professional solutions. 

 

The second type of tooth staining is intrinsic staining. Intrinsic stains form within the tooth and are often caused by medications, health conditions, or even excessive fluoride use. Intrinsic staining is a bit more challenging to address. However, there are great alternatives available thanks to modern dentistry.

 

In this post, we will take a closer look at some of the most common causes of tooth staining and how you can achieve the bright white smile of your dreams!

Common Causes of Teeth Staining

Tooth staining can be caused by a wide variety of factors. Dietary choices are perhaps the most common cause of tooth staining. Dark colored foods or beverages such as coffee, wine, soda, and even some fruits and vegetables can leave behind unfortunate stains!

 

Lifestyle habits such as tobacco use or poor dental hygiene are also contributing factors to a dull, discolored smile. Fortunately, if you are suffering from tooth staining caused by one of these external factors, there are many remedies available!

 

In some cases, however, tooth discoloration is caused by a factor that is outside of your control. For example, many medications can cause staining as well as excess fluoride that may be found in your water source. And for some patients, the cause of tooth staining is previous dental trauma or even genetics. In these situations, more extreme measures will be required to address the discoloration. 

At-Home Solutions for Teeth Staining

The majority of patients struggle with extrinsic tooth staining that is caused by factors that are within their control. For these individuals, there are several at-home solutions available! Simply recommitting to a thorough oral hygiene routine including twice-daily brushing and daily flossing can go a long way in eliminating staining. 

 

Bi-annual dental exams and cleanings will ensure that the plaque is eliminated, reducing the appearance of tooth staining. If you choose to enjoy a food or beverage that is known to stain teeth, simply rinse your mouth thoroughly with water once you have finished! This will minimize the potential for staining.

Professional Solutions to Teeth Staining

If your tooth staining is more advanced or is intrinsic in nature, you may need to resort to a professional solution. Fortunately, thanks to modern dentistry, there are many options available to you! Our dental team offers a variety of solutions including both professional tooth whitening, porcelain veneers to address pesky tooth discoloration. 

 

You deserve a smile that you are proud to show off! Be sure to ask your dentist about the best way to whiten your smile during your next visit.

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