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Stained, from the outside or from the inside could cause tooth discoloration. There are three main factors:
Staining on the outer layer of the tooth (enamel), usually caused by drinking dark colored drinks such as coffee or wine. Smoking also causes extrinsic staining
Staining that occurs in the inner structure of tooth (dentin). Some factors include:
As you age, your enamel thins allowing the dentin to show through. However, dentin yellows overtime as well. Thus, teeth start to look yellower with age.
Try to brush your teeth after every meal. Drinking water, or rinsing with water after drinking coffee, tea, or wine helps prevent staining as well.
Fluorosis is very common in intrinsic stains. To prevent fluorosis, avoid giving your children too much fluoride at an early age. You can also buy toothpaste that is fluoride-free. Once the enamel is formed, fluoride cannot discolor teeth.
Seeking professional advice would be the best way to figure out what is the best option to treat tooth discoloration. Contact of Newmarket dental office today for a free consultation from our best dentists!
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