Top Causes of Stained Teeth

avatarby Dr. Kim OkamuraLast updated Mar 19, 2014Category: Blog

Time has many negative effects on our smiles, one of the most common being yellowing teeth. While they are difficult to avoid, discolored teeth aren’t impossible to treat. Even internal stains can be permanently removed with certain cosmetic treatments. You’ll be amazed by the youthful effect whiter teeth will have on your smile, your overall appearance, and even your confidence level. If your smile has yellowed, don’t despair – simply get in touch with our Seattle practice!

Battling The Culprits of Tooth Stains

There are two main types of stains when it comes to tooth discoloration.

The first type of stain is external. This staining occurs when particles lodge in your enamel (which is porous), changing its shade. External stains can be removed with Kor Teeth Whitening. But wouldn’t you like to prevent them from taking hold in the first place? Try the following tips:

  • Avoid dark foods and beverages. These are the most common causes of external stains, but it’s simple to prevent them from affecting your teeth. Just rinse your mouth with water after imbibing anything dark in color (particularly coffee, red wine, tea, or cola), or use a straw to prevent the liquid from touching your teeth.
  • Don’t use tobacco. Smoking and chewing tobacco expose your teeth to nicotine, which will darken your enamel.
  • Brush and floss often and thoroughly. Oral hygiene removes an impressive amount of superficial stains. Take great care of your teeth to see a difference!

Other stains are intrinsic, located below the enamel layer. These stains usually form during tooth development or as a side effect of some medications. As you may have predicted, these are much more difficult to remove. Treating intrinsic discoloration will usually require the aid of porcelain veneers or dental bonding. Unfortunately, preventing internal stains must be done during tooth formation, meaning there aren’t preventive measures you can take once your teeth are fully formed. Protect your kids’ teeth from discoloration by making sure they get excellent nutrition, receive the proper amount of fluoride, and avoid staining medications (like tetracyclene).

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I'm Dr. Kim Okamura and this blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE.
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