Ever look at a photo of yourself from only a few years ago and ask yourself, “Huh, were my teeth looked a bit brighter back then?” We definitely do. Coffee and red wine usually get the blame for teeth discoloration, but several other causes may be the culprit.
Common Reasons for Tooth Discoloration
- Spotty Dental Routine
We’re definitely a little biased at Orange Beach Family Dentistry. But if you don’t brush and floss regularly, plaque can harden into tartar, leaving a yellow-brown color along your gums.
Some of the foods we hold dearest to our heart, at least at <office name> — like coffee on a Monday morning or an apple on a crisp, cool day — can stain our teeth. Besides coffee and red wine, a few of the top offenders include tea, berries, grapes, tomato and soy sauces, soda, dark juices, and white wine.
- Tobacco Use
Smoking and chewing tobacco can cause a slew of 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 of it isn’t recommended. Consuming too much of it, like in tap water or through dental care products (like mouthwash), can leave streaks across or a brown outline on your teeth.
- 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.
What Helps Prevent Stains
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. 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
If you need some help adding more sparkle to your smile, we’re here for you, too. We offer a
number of whitening services at Orange Beach Family Dentistry.