What Causes Teeth to Stain

what causes teeth to stainRoyal Oak and Birmingham, MI

Want to keep your smile bright? Then be conscious of your diet. Food and drink choices are a significant contributing factor to surface stains on teeth.

When what you consume affects the exterior of your teeth this is known as extrinsic discoloration because the outer layer of the tooth enamel becomes stained. These discolorations can be caused by the pigment, acidic content and other chemicals that exist in food and beverages.

Wine, coffee, tea, sodas, sports drinks, hard candies, berries and tomato sauce all are among the most common foods and beverages that cause significant staining of teeth.

Many of these items do not change the appearance of your teeth overnight. They have an effect over time because they steadily wear away a layer of enamel and cling to the remaining enamel, creating those unsightly stains that can make you self-conscious about your smile and your overall appearance. To help keep your teeth white, consume the above-mentioned foods and drinks in moderation. Also, it is important to drink plenty of water on a daily basis and brush your teeth following meals.

Other causes of tooth discoloration can be intrinsic—when the inner structure of a tooth becomes darkened, usually due to a trauma sustained to the tooth or as a side effect of medication.

Your teeth also change color as you age, naturally taking on a more yellow appearance.

If you are noticing a coloration change in your teeth, for whatever the reason, then Hartrick Dentistry can restore a whiter, brighter smile for you with our professional whitening treatments. These procedures have a much higher success rate than the whitening kits available over the counter in stores and also are much less likely to cause tooth sensitivity. Contact our office at (248) 549-0950 to learn more.

Hartrick Dentistry is proud to serve the oral health needs of patients in the areas of Royal Oak and Birmingham, Michigan.

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    Dr. Nancy Hartrick, DDS
    32609 Woodward Ave.
    Royal Oak, MI 48073
    Call: 248-549-0950
    Fax: 248-549-1180