It is only natural that, with continued use throughout your life, your teeth would dull, stain or become discolored. However, avoiding this natural progression of your teeth can be as easy as avoiding the things which stain them. Find out about keeping your teeth white and bright and helping restore their appearance with teeth whitening with Dr. Gregory Hysong and Dr. Lynda LePore at Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD.
What causes tooth discolorations and stains?
Stains occur on one of two layers of your tooth: the outer layer made of enamel called the extrinsic level or the softer inner dentin layer called the intrinsic level. Extrinsic staining occurs due to consuming darkly-pigmented food or drinks like coffee, tea or berries or cigarette or cigar smoke coming into contact with the teeth. Intrinsic staining occurs due to taking certain medications or trauma to the tooth. In addition to extrinsic and intrinsic staining, teeth can become discolored due to the enamel wearing thin as you age. This normal wear and tear causes the yellow-colored dentin layer to begin showing through the lighter colored enamel, causing a yellowed appearance.
Avoiding Tooth Discolorations in Silver Spring, MD
Avoiding stains is as easy as avoiding what causes them. Cutting out stain causers like coffee, tea and tobacco will eliminate the possibility that these things can stain your teeth at all. However, many people are not willing to avoid these things. To decrease the chance of stains, try to limit the time the stain-causing elements come into contact with your teeth and be sure to brush twice a day and floss at least once. For example, drink your morning coffee or tea in one sitting rather than sipping it throughout the day.
For more information on teeth whitening treatments or maintaining a beautiful smile, please contact Dr. Hysong and Dr. LePore at Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD. Call (301) 384-6000 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hysong or Dr. LePore today!