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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Why Do Teeth Darken?

There are many reasons why teeth can darken or discolor over time. As we age, teeth naturally darken and most people just assume that they have to deal with the natural aging process. Teeth can become discolored from:
  • Beverages like coffee, tea, wine or soda.
  • Certain foods, including certain types of vegetables and fruits, such as berries.
  • Tobacco use.
  • Certain medications, such as the antibiotics tetracycline and doxycycline.
  • Certain types of mouthwashes and antihistamines have been shown to cause tooth discoloration.
  • Genetics. Some people simply have thicker or brighter enamel than other people.
  • Environmental conditions. Too much fluoride consumption, both from water and fluoride fortified products can cause teeth to discolor.
  • Poor dental hygiene. It really is important to brush and floss regularly, not only for your dental health, but also to whiten your teeth.
  • Trauma to the tooth. If you’ve suffered from a fall or been hit by an object in the mouth, the trauma can cause tooth discoloration due to the blood that pools in the core of the tooth.

No matter the reasons for your tooth discoloration, tooth whitening can alleviate much of this. If you have a smile that you are less than proud of, then please contact our Chicago-based office for a consultation regarding our tooth bleaching procedures. We can help you choose a teeth whitening treatment option that will best fit your needs and expectations and give you a smile you can be proud of.

posted by Patti at 11:32 AM


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