What Causes Discoloured Teeth?

Dentist Serving Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie and Nearby Areas of Alberta

A bright white smile has universal appeal and is one of the first things we notice when meeting a new face. Unfortunately, food, drinks and aging all take their toll, and over time our teeth lose their natural lustre. Knowing what causes tooth discolouration can help you avoid problematic staining agents. If you’d like to brighten your smile, the Calgary dental professionals at Aesthetic Dental Studio can help you choose the teeth whitening treatment that’s right for you.

The most common staining agents are the foods and drinks we put in our mouths every day. The following items in particular readily discolour teeth:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cola
  • Red wine
  • Berry-based juices
  • Certain kinds of vegetables

All types of tobacco use also cause heavy tooth staining, giving just one more good reason to give up smoking. Other causes of tooth discolouration include:

  • Medications, especially tetracycline antibiotics
  • Poor oral hygiene practices
  • Tooth trauma

The natural aging process also causes discolouration. As we age, our enamel becomes more and more transparent, which allows the underlying yellow dentin to show through.

If you would like to learn how professional teeth whitening treatments can remove even deep, stubborn stains, please contact Aesthetic Dental Studio or call 403-543-4600 today to arrange an appointment. We are pleased to see patients in or around Calgary.

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