Ever look at a photo of yourself that was only taken a few years ago and ask yourself, “Huh, how did my smile look so much brighter back then?” We definitely do. Coffee and red wine are usually the first to get blamed for tooth discoloration, but there are many other causes that could be the culprit.
Common Reasons for Tooth Discoloration
- Spotty Dental Routine: We’re definitely a little biased at Weddington Family Dentistry. But if you don’t brush and floss regularly (twice a day everyday!), plaque can harden into tartar, leaving a yellow-brown color along your gums that is impossible to remove without professional help.
- Diet: Some of the foods we hold dearest to our heart, or even depend on daily in the case of many of our team members — like a big cup of dark coffee every Monday morning — can badly stain our teeth. Besides coffee and red wine, a few of the other top offenders include soda, dark juices, and white wine. Even tea, berries, grapes, tomato and soy sauces can leave dark stains or streaks on your teeth, which most people are not quick to think about.
- Tobacco Use: Smoking and chewing tobacco cause a slew of terrible health issues, the least worrisome of which is yellow teeth. That said, it’s one of the most common aesthetic complaints among tobacco users.
- Too Much Fluoride: Fluoride is a good thing, but like all good things, too much can be too much, and it isn’t recommended be oral hygiene professionals. Consuming too much of it, like in tap water or through dental care products (like mouthwash), can leave streaks across the surface of your teeth or a brown outline around the base of each tooth.
- Enamel Decay: Enamel is that hard shell that protects the inside of your tooth. But if it decays or doesn’t fully develop, you may see a variety of stains and changes, including pits, white spots, or yellow-brown streaks. If you suspect decay, schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. You can do that in just seconds HERE!
Pardon our sounding like a broken record, but generally, the one great way to prevent teeth discoloration is to take exquisite care of your teeth and your health. Stay up to date with your regular dental visits at Weddington Family Dentistry and always remember to brush and floss everyday.
Here are some of our favorite measures you can take right away to keep your teeth bright:
- Brush after eating or drinking
- Floss daily
- Pass on the sugary foods and drinks
- Add calcium to your diet
- Nix any tobacco use
We can help, too! If you’re worried about tooth discoloration and need some help adding more sparkle to your smile, we’re here for you. We offer a number of professional whitening services in our office and for you to take home after your visit, including Zoom! Whitening. Give us a call today at (704) 782-2630 to learn more or to schedule your appointment!