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There are a number of causes of potential tooth discoloration, and some are completely unavoidable on your part. While the precise cause of your tooth discoloration may be difficult to peg down, ...

There are a number of causes of potential tooth discoloration, and some are completely unavoidable on your part. While the precise cause of your tooth discoloration may be difficult to peg down, chances are one or more of the following causes are to blame.

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  • Tooth Discoloration What You Need To Know
  • Tooth Discoloration • Tooth discoloration is the change in the natural color of the tooth due to internal and external factors. Two of the most common factors of tooth discoloration are food and drinks. Poor dental hygiene, genetics, certain diseases, medications and some environmental elements can also cause tooth discoloration.
  • Causes of Tooth Discoloration • There are a number of causes of potential tooth discoloration, and some are completely unavoidable on your part. While the precise cause of your tooth discoloration may be difficult to peg down, chances are one or more of the following causes are to blame.
  • Causes of Tooth Discoloration • Food and Drinks. You may have heard that coffee, tea and soda can stain your teeth, but did you know certain veggies, like potatoes, berries and apples, can stain them as well?
  • Causes of Tooth Discoloration • Tobacco. This is a given. Smoking and chewing will not only discolor your teeth, but can also cause gum disease or contribute to oral cancer (among other health conditions).
  • Causes of Tooth Discoloration • Poor Dental Hygiene. If you don’t want to give up your morning coffee or kick your smoking habit, then you’re going to have to try to compensate with excellent dental care. Regular brushing and flossing can reduce the odds that you will stain your teeth. Regular check ups and cleanings are critical, too.
  • Causes of Tooth Discoloration • Disease. Several diseases that affect tooth enamel and dentin can lead to tooth discoloration. What’s more, treatments for certain conditions, such as chemotherapy to fight cancer, can discolor your teeth. If you’re pregnant while suffering from one of these ailments or undergoing one of these treatments, the teeth of your developing child may be affected as well.
  • Causes of Tooth Discoloration • Medications. Certain antibiotics, such as tetracycline and doxycycline, can discolor your teeth, particularly if used before the age of 8. Mouth rinses and washes containing chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride can also stain teeth, while antihistamines (like Benadryl), antipsychotic drugs and antihypertensive medications also cause discoloration.
  • Causes of Tooth Discoloration • Genetics. When all else fails, blame mom and dad. • Age. Nothing escapes the affects of age – not even your teeth. • Environment. Excessive fluoride from environmental sources, such as naturally high fluoride levels in the water, can contribute to discolored teeth
  • Intrinsic Tooth Discoloration • Intrinsic tooth discoloration is staining that affects the deeper levels of the teeth. It is less common than extrinsic discoloration, which affects only the tooth surfaces. Intrinsic staining is more difficult to treat than extrinsic staining.
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