October 29, 2021
We hold a lot of grief towards coffees, teas, and other beverages for the cause of discoloration in teeth due to their dark color. While this is the biggest cause of tooth discoloration, it is not the only cause. There are many people who don’t consume any dark beverages, like coffee or tea, who still experience staining on their teeth. Today, we are going to delve into the mystery of why we get stains on our teeth and what we could do to treat it.
Medications Can Cause Discoloration?
Yes! Medications that fall under categories as antihistamines, antidepressants, antipsychotic drugs, and drugs used to manage high blood pressure can contribute to teeth staining and discoloration in adults. For children, exposure to these antibiotics, tetracycline or doxycycline, within the uterus or before the age of eight can cause teeth discoloration to occur as one grows older. The same can be said for specific medical treatments such as chemotherapy or head and neck radiation. Depending on the type of mouthwash, it can also cause a bit of discoloration on the teeth. These are typically seen in mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine or cetylpyridinium chloride. When looking at these rinses at the store, check the ingredients list to protect yourself from potential discoloration risks.
It Comes with Genetics
Sometimes it’s just up to how genetics roll the dice. There are people who are born with very white and sparkly teeth with little to no problems, others may have a genetic trait that carries more difficult dental concerns, such as discoloration. How genetics affect growth is their role in determining the brightness and thickness of the tooth enamel, which can heavily impact the apparent color of the teeth.
Changes from Growing Older
Sadly, tooth discoloration is a natural consequence to growing older, as tooth enamel slowly wears down over time. After some time, the layer underneath the enamel, known as the dentin, begins to show itself. Dentin has a yellowish color to it, so naturally, many older people begin to show signs of tooth discoloration. This process is different for every person as their genetics may have given them a thicker enamel which takes longer to wear down. Your dentist will be able to discuss with you when there are signs are your enamel wearing down and if this change is cause for concern.
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