Causes of Teeth Discoloration

Published:August 31st, 2011

Our teeth’s colour can change through time either as a part of a natural process or as a result of a long habit of negligence. Genetics, when it comes to teeth colour, will less likely be reversed but other causes may be avoided or even upturned.

1. Poor Dental Hygiene. Your childhood days’ dental hygiene is important in establishing habit. If you don’t develop the habit of brushing and flossing three times a day, cavities and plaques build up. These harden and eventually destroy your teeth.
2. Nicotine. Nicotine is a yellowish substance. That can stick to your teeth. Eventually, that yellowish colour will turn to a brownish one.
3. Alcohol. Wine, coffee, tea and soda can all discolour your teeth. The acid can also weaken your teeth.
4. Antibiotics. Tetracycline and doxycycline can discolour the teeth of children. If you must give it to your children, ask them to rinse or brush their teeth after. It is advisable that the mouthwash contains chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chlorid. Antihistamines and antipsychotic drugs also discolour teeth.
5. Excessive fluoride. Water, mouth rinse, and toothpaste all contain fluoride. It helps clean your teeth but too much of it will turn your teeth to yellow.
6. External Factors. Trauma like bumping your mouth or breaking a tooth can cut off the moisture and nutrients your body supplies to your tooth. This will cause your teeth to become yellowish.
7. Diseases. There are diseases that cause the teeth to turn yellow and there are procedures done to you when you have a disease that can discolour your teeth. This includes radiation or chemotherapy.
8. Genetics. Some people are born with yellowish teeth and others are perfectly white. There is hardly anything you can do against it except go through expensive medical procedures.

There is no way you can prevent all the items mentioned above but you can make it a point to brush your teeth after you consume any of this.

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