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What Are Common Causes of Tooth Discoloration?

Last updated 5 years ago

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. A bright, white smile can convey a sense of confidence and self-assurance to people you encounter in your professional and personal life. A great cosmetic dentist can help you achieve your best smile even if you have dental issues. Teeth whitening is perhaps the most common cosmetic dental procedure today. For a look at some of the common causes of tooth discoloration and how whitening can help, keep reading.

Many people enjoy foods and beverages that can cause discoloration of the teeth. Coffee and tea are two of the biggest culprits, especially since they are drinks enjoyed habitually by a great number of people. Soda and wine are also guilty of causing tooth discoloration. Proper brushing and flossing can help to minimize these stains, but if you are concerned about the whiteness of your teeth, talk to your cosmetic dentist about procedures to dramatically correct discoloration.

Tobacco Use
Tobacco in all of its forms is widely known to be detrimental to your health. Smoking can cause cancer, heart problems, and emphysema, among other diseases. Regular use of smoking or chewing tobacco can also cause severe discoloration of the teeth. Tobacco users may notice their teeth become yellow or brown over time. Teeth whitening or even porcelain veneers may be in order if you have serious discoloration issues. Speak with your cosmetic dentist to explore your options.

With age, the enamel of the teeth starts to wear away. Thin enamel may expose the dentin underneath. This can lead to a yellowish appearance of the teeth, and unlike diet or tobacco use, is much more difficult to prevent. A great cosmetic dentist will be able to discuss your options for whitening teeth that are discolored due to age.

A healthy, white smile can be a great asset to you at any stage of life. If you think your smile could use improvement, contact The Smile Design Center of Baltimore at (443) 275-9821 to find out about our cosmetic dental procedures, including Zoom! bleaching.


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