Why NOT Drinking Coffee may NOT Prevent Tooth Stains
Most of us are familiar with extrinsic discoloration which occurs when the outer layer of protection on a tooth (enamel) becomes stained by consuming sugary drinks such as coffee, wine, soda, or sweets. Smoking can also discolor the enamel on the tooth. However, there are two other little-known ways that can cause tooth discoloration.
Discoloration from Prenatal Care
You may also experience discoloration below the enamel in the tooth’s inner structure called the dentin. This type of discoloration will cause a dark, yellow hue on your tooth. Typically, this discoloration occurs during childhood from too much exposure to fluoride or tetracycline antibiotics. Moderate exposure to fluoride through toothpaste and drinking water can protect the enamel of your teeth and prevent discoloration from food or drink. Medications such as, Sumycin, which is used to treat infections such as, acne includes tetracycline antibiotics. Consuming while pregnant or under the age of 8 years old may cause the child to develop intrinsic discoloration.
Discoloration Related to Aging
As you age, extrinsic and intrinsic Discoloration contribute to the overall yellowing of the teeth. Your tooth enamel thins when you age resulting in less protection against coffee or smoking (extrinsic discoloration) and fluoride or tetracycline antibiotics (intrinsic discoloration). Additionally, if your tooth is chipped or broken, there is a higher risk for discoloration.
Luckily, there is a cosmetic treatment for discoloration at Palmetto Oral and Facial Surgery. There are many ways to change the color of your teeth. Dr. Shigley offers in-house or at-home whitening treatments the utilizes a technique called “power bleaching”. Another option is to apply a composite bonding material or veneers on the teeth you want to change. The best way to determine the treatment for you is to call Palmetto Oral and Facial Surgery.
Typically, tooth discoloration is treated with cosmetic dentistry; however, if your child has an abnormal tooth color, it may be the sign of a larger health problem. The best way to prevent tooth discoloration is by brushing after every meal, rinsing your mouth after drinking sugary drinks, and visiting Palmetto Oral and Facial Surgery twice a year for an exam and dental cleaning. To take the next step to improving your smile today call Palmetto Oral and Facial Surgery at (864)-714-1800 and book an appointment today!