Tooth Discoloration Has Various Causes
Many people practice good oral hygiene and care for their teeth; however various factors can contribute to tooth discoloration, even when you are diligent about caring for your teeth.
Age is one of the natural causes of tooth discoloration. The inner part of the tooth, or the dentin, becomes yellow as you age. And, with age, comes loss of outer enamel on your teeth. This allows the yellow dentin to show through, causing an appearance of yellow teeth.
Tooth Discoloration from Medications, Genes & Disease
Your genes can influence the color of your teeth as well as congenital disease, infections, medications and environmental factors such as water with naturally high fluoride levels.
Inherited disease can affect the calcium or protein content of the enamel as well as the thickness of the enamel. This, similar to the aging process, will show a change in the color of your teeth.
Medications taken during childhood or can cause tooth discoloration by affecting the thickness of the enamel.
Lifestyle is another contributing factor to discoloration of teeth. Of course chewing tobacco or smoking is a very common factor in staining the teeth. Also certain fruits or vegetables, such as apples or potatoes are another cause. Drinks like wine or cola beverages, coffee or tea are big contributors to tooth discoloration.
Cosmetic Dentistry Is the Answer!
Tooth discoloration can change your smile and your entire outward appearance.
Various techniques of cosmetic dentistry can positively correct tooth discoloration and bring back that sparkling smile you had in your youth.
Depending on the overall condition of your teeth and oral health, your choices can range from professional teeth whitening, enamel veneers or dental implants.
New Jersey Dentist, Dr. Ron Rotem, specializes in cosmetic and sedation dentistry. If tooth discoloration is troubling you, a consultation and thorough examination by professional dentist, Dr. Ron Rotem, will help you understand the cause of your tooth discoloration and the best course of action to follow.
Why wait to have your smile sparkle again? Give Dr. Ron Rotem a call today at and be on the way to having a youthful and beautiful smile.