3 Main Causes of Teeth Discoloration
Most people who have discolored teeth believe it has happened because of poor dental hygiene or consuming food and drinks that easily stain the teeth. While this is true in many cases, those aren’t the only causes of teeth discoloration. You may have tried every teeth whitening technique imaginable, but still aren’t getting the desired results. This is common, but you need to know why your teeth are discolored in the first place to get the best results.
What all of our patients need to know is teeth discoloration can be on the surface or inside the tooth itself. The only way to know for sure why your teeth are discolored is to visit a dentist in Redondo Beach. But first, here are the three main causes of teeth discoloration you should be aware of.
- External Staining
External teeth staining is what most patients are familiar with. This type of staining occurs when patients consume beverages such as coffee, soda, wine or other similar drinks. Foods like cherries and blueberries also have teeth-staining qualities. So if you eat or drink these regularly, or if you’re a smoker, brushing your teeth frequently will help prevent discoloration. Ask your dentist about teeth whitening techniques, like using the proper toothpaste, mouthwash or some over-the-counter whitening products that can clear up the discoloration and leave you with bright white teeth.
- Internal Staining
Internal staining of the teeth is another cause of teeth discoloration that many patients aren’t aware of. No matter how many teeth whitening products you use, you’ll likely still struggle with discolored teeth. The internal staining could be caused by:
- Extensive fluoride exposure as a child;
- Trauma in a permanent tooth, which caused internal bleeding;
- Use of tetracycline antibiotics at a young age;
- Trauma in a baby tooth, which damaged the development of the permanent tooth, and;
- Being born with a rare condition causing teeth discoloration.
As you can see, it’s difficult for any teeth whitening product to prevent or remove discoloration from internal tooth staining. But your Redondo Beach dentist can help to eliminate these unattractive stains with a professional teeth whitening, in most cases.
- Natural Causes for Discoloration
Patients in the Redondo Beach area can expect their teeth to become discolored as they get older. The combination of both internal and external factors can lead to teeth becoming naturally discolored over time. Tooth enamel gets thinner over the years and can wear down. Plus, the food and drinks you consume every day play a large role in the discoloring of your teeth over time. While it’s important to protect your teeth at any age, as you get older, you’ll most likely have to use teeth whitening techniques to prevent major discoloration.
At Redondo Beach Dental Group, we help our patients prevent teeth discoloration, no matter how they became discolored. Our state-of-the-art professional teeth whitening procedures can help keep your teeth white, regardless of the cause.
Be sure to reach out to us today at (310) 542-6988 to set up an appointment to see how we can help you to restore your white teeth and prevent teeth discoloration in the future.