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What Causes Tooth Stains? A Dentist Explains May 2, 2017

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What Causes Tooth Stains? A Dentist Explains, Perinton, New York

You visit the dentist, brush regularly, and avoid soda and red wine, so why are your teeth so yellow? Although many people assume smoking, drinking, and indulging in heavily pigmented sweets are the main reasons teeth become discolored over time, keeping your smile immaculate is more difficult than most people realize. Here are three causes of dental stains and how David M. Kramer D.D.S., can help you turn things around.

A Dentist Lists 3 Surprising Causes of Tooth Stains

1. Age

As you get older, your enamel becomes thinner, and the underlying dentin darkens and yellows. This combination of naturally occurring events makes your teeth look dingy, but professional dental whitening can help. Dental whitening opens the pores in your enamel so the whitening agent can brighten the underlying dentin, making your smile look cleaner.

2. Medications

Unfortunately, birthdays aren’t the only thing that can make your smile look stained. Certain medications, such as chemotherapy drugs, antihistamines, and even antibiotics can give your teeth a yellow or brown tinge. To reduce discoloration, ask your doctor if you can undergo whitening treatments to restore the color of your teeth.

3. Swimming

dentistTaking a few laps in the pool is great for your cardiovascular health, but it can spell trouble for the color of your teeth. Certain pool chemicals can cause brown staining and a mottled surface texture on your teeth, especially if you spend more than six hours a week in the pool. To eliminate staining, monitor how much time you spend in the water, and meet with your dentist regularly.

Although it can be frustrating to live with yellow or mottled teeth, those stains can be lightened or removed altogether with the help of David M. Kramer D.D.S. In addition to offering a wide range of cosmetic dental solutions like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, this Fairport, NY, dentist can also help you with orthodontic care and periodontal disease. For more information about this practice, visit them online, or call (585) 223-1980 to set up an appointment. 

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