What Causes Tooth Discolouration?
Our teeth can yellow naturally as we age, but surface stains and overall tooth discolouration is accelerated and intensified by a number of factors, including:
- Chewing or smoking tobacco or marijuana
- Regularly drinking coffee, tea, soda pop, sports drinks, and red wine
- Regularly eating highly acidic foods like tomatoes and pickles, or those with a lot of pigments such as berries, beets, and curry
- Poor oral health habits that lead to a buildup of tartar and plaque on your teeth and gums
- Excessive use of an antibiotic called tetracycline to treat bacterial infections
Tooth discolouration is also caused by being exposed to too much fluoride in early childhood, a trauma that damages a tooth, and a hereditary genetic disorder of tooth development known as dentinogenesis imperfecta (DI). DI causes teeth to become discouloured, and because they are weaker than healthy teeth, they are prone to breakage.
Depending on the severity of your discoloured teeth, you may want to consider professional teeth whitening from Port Perry Dental Associates. Learn more about why teeth whitening matters and the different treatment options available.
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