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Understanding the Source of Dental Pit Stains

Posted on 12/20/2017 by Office - Boone DMD
Tooth Discoloration Boones Landing Dental Center OR 97070-7845
When it comes to dental pit stains, you want to make sure you do not get them. Stains on your teeth can make your smile look bad. You do not want to be walking around not able to smile at anyone or hiding your smile because you have stains on your teeth.

Because of the fact that you can easily stain your teeth with the different things you eat and drink, you may want to know how you can prevent this from happening. Here is more information on how to prevent stains from appearing on your teeth.

Main Types of Tooth Discoloration

Your teeth can stain by either changes in the tooth or by eating or drinking different things, coffee is one of the things that can stain your teeth. There are three different types of tooth discoloration. They include extrinsic, intrinsic, and age related.

Extrinsic stains happen when the enamel the outer layer of the tooth, starts to stain. This happens when you drink coffee, cola, wine, and eat different foods. If you smoke cigarettes, this can also cause these extrinsic stains on your teeth. Do not smoke and try to cut back on the coffee, wine, cola, or the foods that can cause stains.

Intrinsic stains are stains that appear on the dentin on your teeth. This is when your teeth start to turn yellow because the dentin is starting to wear away.

These stains happen when you had too much fluoride when you were a child, your mother may have used a certain kind of antibiotic during her second trimester of pregnancy with you, you may have used certain antibiotics while you were a child at the age of eight, maybe you had some type of trauma of the teeth when you were a kid, you may have had permanent trauma to the teeth that caused bleeding, or you were born with a rare condition by the name of dentinogenesis imperfecta which causes different colors of stains on your teeth.

Age Related Tooth Discoloration

As you get older, you may experience both extrinsic and intrinsic tooth stains. Your teeth can discolor as you get older and the dentin will naturally turn yellow over the years.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (503) 601-0610 today.

Margaret A. Boone, DMD
30485 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Suite 203
Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 601-0610
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