Do you ever look in the mirror and wonder why you have discolored teeth? There are many causes of discolored teeth—some of which could have possibly been prevented, and many of which are beyond your control. This comprehensive list can help you determine the cause of discolored teeth, and in many cases, help prevent further discoloring of your teeth.
Some Causes of Discolored Teeth
Food & Drink: Coffee, tea, dark sodas, red wine and even a few fruits and vegetables are proven causes of discolored teeth.
Tobacco: Both cigarettes and chewing tobacco can contribute to discolored teeth.
Oral Care: Poor dental hygiene, such as inadequate brushing or flossing, can lead to tooth discoloration.
Trauma or Disease: Any trauma, illness, or disease that affects enamel development in children – either in the womb or while teeth are developing (under the age of 8) – can cause discolored teeth. Trauma to adult teeth can also cause discolored teeth. In addition, there are few diseases and disease treatments that can cause discolored teeth. Chemotherapy and radiation, for example, discolor teeth.
No matter what caused your discolored teeth, there are many teeth whitening options available to help you achieve the perfect smile. Talk to your dentist and visit your neighborhood drug store to evaluate your options.