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

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Causes of Dark or Discolored Teeth

Dark or discolored teeth can ruin an otherwise perfect smile. You may suffer from darkened teeth for a number of reasons.

Drinking liquids such as coffee, tea, soda and red wine can lead to a staining of teeth, while the acid in soda can break down the tooth enamel, revealing the darker inner tooth material, known as dentin. The heat of coffee and tea can also cause tiny cracks in the enamel, hastening enamel decay. Age also plays a role, with the tooth enamel weakening and shrinking as we get older. Tobacco use can stain teeth orange or yellow, while medications like tetracycline, an antibiotic, can discolor teeth, especially in childhood. Another childhood tooth darkener is fluoride - too much fluoride can result in fluorosis, a darkening of the teeth. On top of these causes, heredity can also cause our teeth to be darker than we might desire.

We do not have to live with dark or discolored teeth; teeth whitening is becoming more and more effective, with a number of types of treatments available. If you or a loved one live in the Chicago area and are unhappy with the color of your teeth, please contact the teeth whitening experts at the Colonial Dental Group to schedule a teeth whitening consultation today.

posted by Erica at 3:06 PM

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