The color of your teeth can be influenced by all kinds of factors, not just your food. Although consuming things like dark berries and coffee can lead to teeth stains if proper dental hygiene is not followed, there are other causes of tooth discoloration. Here are three:
Medications – Tooth discoloration can be a side effect of some medications. For example, tetracycline and doxycycline (both antibiotics) can discolor the developing teeth of children under 8. Mouth washes that have chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride can leave stains. Some antihistamines, antipsychotics, and antihypertensive drugs are also known to discolor teeth.
Aging – Getting older brings many changes to the body. As your teeth age, the outer layer of enamel can wear away. The layer of dentin underneath has a natural yellow color which starts to show. In addition, more dentin is laid down, which decreases tooth translucency and contributes to a darker color.
Fluoride – Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral present in most water sources, whether or not a community fluoridates its water. Excessive fluoride from a natural source or from applications and supplements can cause discoloration in the teeth. This is sometimes called fluorosis. It is not a disease and does not affect dental function. Community-fluoridated water follows strict guidelines and should not contain enough fluoride to cause fluorosis.
There is a large variety of treatments available to reverse tooth discoloration of all kinds. Call our office today to talk about which option might be best for you.