Have you noticed your teeth aren’t as bright as they used to be? Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. Your teeth are losing their natural brightness and it’s more common than you think. Discoloration or stains can happen due to a variety of reasons. These reasons may include:

Have you noticed your teeth aren’t as bright as they used to be? Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. Your teeth are losing their natural brightness and it’s more common than you think. Discoloration or stains can happen due to a variety of reasons. These reasons may include: 

Poor Dental Hygiene

Failing to brush and floss regularly can cause plaque to build up and make your teeth much more susceptible to stains and discoloration. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss in order to prevent discoloration, staining, and most importantly, tooth decay from food and drink.

Food and Drinks

When it comes to certain foods and drinks, it is important to limit your consumption of items like acidic or sugary fruits and vegetables, red wine, coffee, tea, and sodas. Some foods and drinks are acidic and high in sugar. It can erode the enamel and begin to cause stains and long-term discoloration to the teeth. Cutting back on acidic foods and sugary drinks will help prevent further damage to your teeth.

Tobacco

Any form of tobacco, whether chewing or smoking, can cause stains on your teeth. The nicotine and tar in tobacco is the cause for the discoloration. Not only is tobacco bad for your pearly whites, it is also bad for your overall health. Consider cutting back on tobacco products in order to sustain good oral health.

Age Plays a Factor

Unfortunately, your age isn’t the only thing that changes with time, so does your teeth. As you get older, the outer layer of your tooth’s enamel begins to wear down. When this stage happens, the natural yellow/brown color, called dentin, reveals itself. The tooth begins to produce more dentin, which decreases the size of the pulp and makes the tooth appear darker.

There are options for teeth whitening. Using an over-the-counter whitening agent like whitening toothpaste could help with slight staining. Visiting a dental hygienist for teeth whitening treatments or other procedures will remove deeper stains. If these options are unable to remove stains, consider scheduling an appointment with your prosthodontist for dental veneers.

If you have noticed a slight change in the color of your teeth or would like to treat the discoloration or stains, please contact us at (772)286-1606 and one of our team members will be happy to assist you.