What are the causes of Tooth Discoloration?

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Oct 25, 2012
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Several factors can darken or stain your teeth

  • Foods/drinks such as coffee, tea, colas, wines,
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Poor dental hygiene due to improper brushing and flossing to remove plaque and stain- from food or drink
  • Certain diseases can affect enamel (the hard surface of the teeth) and dentin (the underlying material under enamel).
  • Medications such as tetracycline and doxycycline can discolor teeth if taken by children whose teeth are still developing (before the age of 8). Certain antihistamines, antipsychotic drugs, and antihypertensive medications can cause teeth discoloration.
  • Excessive use of mouth rinses and washes containing chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride
  • Dental materials such as amalgam restorations, can cause gray-black discoloration of teeth
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