Most people experience teeth staining to some degree. It is a common occurrence, but there are some interesting facts you may not know about teeth staining.

There are two types of teeth staining.

The two types of teeth staining are intrinsic and extrinsic. Extrinsic staining is the most common type and occurs when the outermost layer of the tooth enamel is stained. This type of staining is typically caused by food and beverages, like berries, tea, and coffee, which can cause the teeth to become dull over time.

Stained Teeth When it comes to intrinsic staining, it is a much more complex occurrence. This type of staining occurs in the inner part of the tooth, known as the dentin. Since this type of staining occurs deeper in the tooth, it is a lot harder to remove than extrinsic staining. Common causes of intrinsic teeth staining include:
  • Overexposure to fluoride as a child
  • Trauma to the tooth that is causing it to die on the inside.
  • If the mother used the antibiotic Tetracycline in the second half of pregnancy, it could cause the baby to have a more yellow pigment to their teeth.

Teeth staining comes with age.

As we age, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain a white smile. This is due to the fact that our outer layer of tooth enamel thins as we age. This causes it to lose its translucency, allowing the naturally yellow dentin to show through, causing a yellowish appearance.

Some of your favorite foods and drinks could be causing teeth staining.

Think about the food and drinks that would destroy a white t-shirt with staining. Those are the same foods and drinks that cause staining to your teeth. Food that can lead to staining include:
  • Curry sauce
  • Tomato sauce
  • Blueberries
  • Beetroot
  • Cherries
Beverages that can cause staining include:
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Grape juice

While avoiding these foods will help prevent teeth staining, that is not always a practical solution. When you enjoy these foods and drinks, be sure to drink water after eating or drinking these foods and beverages. It will help to rinse the residue from your teeth that cause staining. You should also try to brush your teeth after eating or drinking these foods and beverages if possible.

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