Some tooth stains can be associated with the aging process in that the years of wear and tear do take a toll. As we age our tooth enamel thins and the layer of dentin just underneath may yellow and will begin to show through. Chipping, food stains and injuries may also cause discoloration.
Extrinsic stains are the ones that are seen on the surface of the tooth enamel. They are usually caused by an overexposure to dark colored foods and drinks such as red wine or berries. Intrinsic stains on the other hand, that are not related to age can be the result of having been treated with certain antibiotics during childhood or experiencing internal bleeding after a trauma that caused the dentin to darken prematurely.
Your dentist will be able to qualify your symptoms and recommend treatment accordingly. If your stains are extrinsic professional teeth cleaning followed up by daily brushing with a whitening formula toothpaste may be able to remove them. Whitening systems both in office and for home use are often used to remove more unsightly staining. Composite bonding or a dental veneer are other alternatives.
Most extrinsic stains can be prevented by limiting exposure to outside forces such as stain-producing foods and upping your level of home care. Ask your dental hygienist for recommendations.
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