Whenever we see someone sporting a white smile, we tend to ask ourselves a question, do I smile confidently like him? Well, it all depends on how you maintain your teeth.
What are the causes of stained teeth? This may be due to direct or indirect factors involving food habits, unhygienic oral practices or even genetic factors.
The direct factors such as consumption of substances like coffee, tea, wine, Soya sauce, or fruits like cherry, blueberry could contribute to the coloring of the teeth. The change in the color of the teeth happens due to the stains penetrating tooth film causing stain. Chewing of tobacco or smoking cigarettes could also discolor the teeth. All of us know brushing after meals is the best way to maintain oral hygiene. Due to inadequate brushing and flossing of teeth tartar builds up over a period of time and gets colored by the beverages and food consumed. As these stains are generally outside of the teeth, this could be easily removed.
Indirect factors of discoloration
The indirect factors for discoloration of the teeth are due to the reason of the inner structure of the tooth (dentin) getting dark or yellowish in color. This kind of discoloration is little difficult to remove. It may also be due to bleaching often. During early childhood consumption of water with heavy content of fluoride could leave brownish stains on the teeth. The other reason could be the consumption of fluoride contained in tooth paste, unknowingly, by the child while brushing the teeth. This is known as fluorosis. A mother using tetracycline antibiotics during the pregnancy could also lead to discoloration of the teeth. Advancing age could wear away the enamel of the teeth and teeth becoming thinner, it could exhibit the dentin’s yellow color.