Many people think that stained teeth just come from drinking too much tea, coffee or wine and they’re easy to remedy. However, there are other types of stains that aren’t so easy to get rid of and may need the intervention of a dentist. Here are some things people may not know about stained teeth:
Different Kinds of Stained Teeth
There are different types of stained teeth. Extrinsic stains are those stains that many people think of. They come from what people eat and drink, and they cling to the top layer of the enamel.
Intrinsic stains are those that penetrate into the enamel and even into the dentin beneath it. They often come about because of something that happened in childhood. They can come about because the person was exposed to too much fluoride when they were children. Their mother used certain types of antibiotics called tetracyclines during the last months of her pregnancy with them, or they were given these antibiotics themselves when they were eight or younger.
Other intrinsic stains come about when the tooth has suffered a trauma when the person was a child. A stain that can happen to both adults and children comes from bleeding inside the tooth when the tooth is injured.
Some people are born with dentinogenesis imperfecta. This is a rare genetic disorder where the teeth are gray, yellowish-brown or even purple. They’re also translucent and so weak that they break and wear down easily.
Advancing age also causes stained teeth. Dentin grows yellow over time as a matter of course. Enamel tends to thin out, which allows the yellow dentin to show. Smoking and injuries to the tooth can also stain them over time.
How to Treat Stained Teeth
Most stained teeth can be corrected by cleaning or bleaching at the dentist’s office. Some people can bleach their teeth at home if they are careful, but the bleach is never as strong as that used by the dentist.
Extrinsic stains can be prevented or reduced if the person brushes and flosses their teeth regularly. They should also rinse out their mouth after they’ve eaten or drunk tooth-staining foods and beverages.
Visit Us If You Have Stained Teeth
If you have stained teeth and nothing you try at home seems to be able to remove the stains, visit us at Brevard Smiles, located in Indian Harbour Beach and Rockledge. It’s always better to visit an expert for professional teeth whitening than to go the at-home route. Contact us today to book your dental appointment.