Don't Ignore Your Stained Teeth!
Stained teeth are not typically a common occurrence, except in those who smoke or chew tobacco. This is due to the nicotine, a colorless substance that becomes yellowish when combined with oxygen. And it is this yellowish tar that causes dark spots on your teeth. However, as bad as smoking is for your teeth and overall health, one should not ignore the possibility that underlying oral problems or failed tooth restorations could also be lurking in your mouth.`
The Malden Dental team sheds some light on what your teeth stains say about your oral health:
- 1. Oral bacteria - Dental plaque can accumulate on poorly cleaned teeth.
- 2. Nerve damage in the teeth - If you have brownish or grey stains on your teeth, it might be due to the changes in the nerve of the tooth root. The damaged teeth become susceptible to staining.
- 3. Aging - As you become older, the outer layer of tooth enamel erodes, leaving the inner layer (dentin) yellower.
- 4. Tooth decay - If you fail to regularly brush or floss, tooth decay may result. This neglect leads to stains on the teeth, as they lose their surface luster due to infiltration of the staining substance produced during the decaying process.
- 5. Poor hygiene - Residues that build up on the surface of the teeth that cause yellowish and grey stains are due to lack of regular brushing and neglect.
- 6. Teeth trauma - If only one or two teeth are dark and the rest of your teeth are fine, this is a sign of tooth trauma. The nerves may be dead, there could be a chip or crack in the enamel.
- 7. Diet - Continued consumption of acidic foods and beverages can cause damage to tooth enamel.
- 8. Failed tooth restorations - Some dental restorations–such as crowns, inlays, or veneers-do fail, leading to a formation of yellow, brown, or black spots on your teeth. These stains are often associated with tooth decay caused by the failed restoration.
Common Teeth-Staining Foods
Because oral health is a primary concern for a majority of the population, it's important to beware of certain foods and beverages that can contribute to the discoloration of your teeth. Moderation is key. Take a look at these teeth-staining culprits:
- Red wine
- Cranberry juice, grape juice
- Coffee and black teas
- Curry and saffron powder
- Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
- Soy sauce
- Balsamic vinegar
If you were to consume any of the above choices at meals, your best defense (if unable to brush your teeth immediately afterward) is to swish warm water in your mouth for a few seconds to remove any lingering bacteria or particles of staining power.
The Next Step
Once you've looked in the mirror and realized that beautiful white smile needs an upgrade, a visit to Malden Dental and our team of skilled dental hygienists is in order. We provide optimal care for all of your dental health needs. Whether you have gaps in your mouth from missing teeth, or your teeth aren't as white as they used to be, we can take your smile to the next level. Contact us today for a complete evaluation, exam, and cleaning. At Malden Dental, the success of your oral health drives us to help in any way possible!Back To Top