How to Prevent and Treat Those Tooth Stains and Discolorations

Jeremy Mailman By Jeremy Mailman, 16th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Most of the time, good impressions are made by a pretty smile. But our stained or discolored teeth can make one unattractive and worried. Stains or discolorations on the outer covering of our teeth are common but it can affect our personality. Here are some ways to treat or prevent them and possess that magnetic charming smile.

Signs

A stained tooth can be in the color shades of gray, black or pink. The stains can look spotty or uneven on the surface of your tooth. Most stains or discoloration of the tooth can easily be removed by polishing it.

Causes

Smoking causes tar and nicotine stains on your teeth. Tooth fillings can also cause discoloration over time. Decaying tooth or dead tooth nerves is another cause or an injury or wound on your tooth. The food you eat can cause stains too. Children who take tetracycline, an antibiotic, can have grey and spotty permanent teeth when they get older.

Over ingestion of fluoride in one’s early childhood also brings about discoloration. Fluoride can be taken in by children by habitually swallowing toothpastes that has them or the daily drinking of water which contains fluoride in more than its optimal level. Stains can also be had with poor mineralization of the teeth’s outer layer due to calcium deficiency or defects in enamel calcification.

Treatment

Visit your dentist. Expect him to polish superficial stains in your teeth. Your dentist will replace those discolored fillings. For your dead tooth, he will perform root-canal treatment. Your dentist can also perform what is known as cosmetic dentistry to change the color of your teeth. He can place a porcelain veneer or an enamel bonding material, crowns or bleaching. Discolored teeth can also be treated with safe teeth whiteners. Ask your dentist for his recommendation.

How to Prevent

1. Brush your teeth twice every day. Floss at least once a day.

2. Stop smoking.

3. Avoid tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, berries, and other tooth staining food. If you cannot avoid them, use a straw when drinking or rinse your mouth after with warm water.

4. To detect tooth decay or gum disease, visit your dentist at least twice a year.

5. Eat calcium-rich food like cheese, green leafy vegetables and milk.

6. Prevent small children from swallowing toothpaste.

7. Do not take tetracycline during pregnancy. Children below 12 years old should not take it.

8. Avoid excessive fluoride. Do not drink water containing more than the optimal levels of fluoride.

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Discolored Teeth, Fluoride, How To Prevent, Quit Smoking, Soft Drinks, Stained Teeth, Stop Smoking

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author avatar Jojay
22nd Feb 2013 (#)

Good advice, but hard to follow when you have that red wine with dinner.

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author avatar Jojay
22nd Feb 2013 (#)

Good advice, but hard to follow when you have that red wine with dinner.

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