From biting to chewing and withstanding cold to hot temperatures, your teeth withstand some pretty powerful forces and varying conditions. So with all that strength, it’s easy to be surprised they are subject to decay and staining. However, tooth discoloration is a common dental concern for many of our Arlington teeth whitening patients. Because bright white teeth are a standard of beauty in our culture, many patients wish to avoid tooth-staining behaviors. Below are some common reasons teeth may stain.
Aging: As you age, the protective enamel or outer covering of your teeth starts to thin. This reveals the tooth layers underneath that are yellow in color. Teeth also naturally stain and discolor over time without other interventions.
Drinking/Eating Certain Foods: Highly colored and dark foods and drinks can stain the teeth. Examples include coffee, red wine, cherries, blueberries, colas and tea.
Poor Dental Hygiene: Bacteria that cause tooth decay can cause teeth staining that makes green, black, gray or yellow discolorations appear on the teeth. These stains are especially problematic because teeth whitening cannot reverse them.
Taking Certain Medications: Medications taken before a child’s adult teeth develop can cause intrinsic stains. These stains occur on the inner portion of the teeth, known as the dentin and can show through the tooth enamel. Examples of medications that cause intrinsic stains include tetracycline and doxycycline antibiotics. Other medications that can alter the teeth’s color include antihistamines, antidepressants and high blood pressure medications.
Tobacco Use: Smoking cigarettes or using chewing tobacco can stain and discolor your teeth.
Trauma: A history of tooth injury and dental repairs can cause the teeth to appear discolored or stained. This includes chips or cracks.
Dr. Gregory offers professional teeth whitening that can reverse some, but not all, causes of teeth staining and discoloration. If you have a question if professional teeth whitening could work for you, make a consultation appointment at our Arlington teeth whitening office by calling (703) 527-6495.