One of the most common concerns people have about their teeth is how they look. Even if you practice good oral hygiene, your teeth can darken over time. Advances in cosmetic dentistry have made treating discoloration quite accessible, but it is still important to know what factors can lead to darkening teeth.
There are a few obvious sources you are probably aware of. Drinks like coffee, tea, dark sodas, and wines can all stain teeth over time. So does either smoking or chewing tobacco. It is important to adequately brush and floss teeth after consuming staining foods, and to simply quit using tobacco.
Other causes may be less familiar. Antibiotics tetracycline and doxycycline can discolor developing teeth in children. Other drugs, including antihistamines and antipsychotics, for example, also cause discoloration. So can treatments like head or neck radiation and chemotherapy. Obviously don’t forgo treatment for fear of a little tooth yellowing, because there are many whitening treatments available.
Ironically, some dental treatments and materials can cause tooth discoloration. It is not uncommon in teeth that have had root canal treatment or amalgam restorations. Excessive exposure to fluoride from either environmental sources or fluoride applications and supplements is a known culprit.
Trauma from a fall or hit to the face can cause discoloration in children and adults. Aging is a major factor. As the enamel layer wears away, it exposes the yellow-colored dentin underneath. Genetics also have an influence on the brightness and thickness of enamel.
If you have noticed the color of your teeth changing, Buhler Dental Care has a variety of treatment options to get your smile back on track. Call our Spanish Fork, UT, office to schedule an appointment today.