Factors that Affects Teeth Discolouration

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One of the most asked questions by patients to their dentist is this: What factors affect stained teeth? In this post, we will discuss the factors that cause teeth discolouration.

Teeth discolouration is an embarrassing and unsightly dental condition that stops you from showing your beautiful smile. If you’re wondering what causes teeth to stain or change colours, check out the two most common sources of teeth staining:

Intrinsic Staining

Teeth staining happens when the inner part of your teeth changes colour. Antibiotics (particularly Tetracycline) used during pregnancy, and early childhood can result in teeth discolouration. Trauma or injury can also change the colour of your teeth. In some cases, too much exposure to Fluoride at a very young age can also lead to stained teeth. There is also a disease called Dentinogenesis Imperfecta that alters the standard tooth colour to amber, purple or grey discolourations. Moreover, if one of your teeth is in a slightly different shade, it affects the adjacent teeth, resulting in discolouration.

Extrinsic Staining

Extrinsic staining happens around the outer layer of the tooth. Bad dental habits can negatively impact your teeth’s health, and teeth staining is one of the side effects of ineffective oral care. Sometimes, your teeth can also look smooth and healthy, but under a microscope, the enamel might have minuscule dents, which can hold stains that changes the colour of your teeth. Another cause of extrinsic staining is eating and drinking stain-producing food and drinks such as red wine, tea, apples, and potatoes. Also, if you produce less saliva than average, your mouth will retain more food residues that can increase the staining effect of food and drinks.

At Smiles First Cornwall, we offer different solutions to help solve teeth discolouration problems. For any cosmetic dentistry services in Cornwall, contact us today!

– Smiles First Cornwall Team

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