Why do Teeth Stain?

Cosmetic & Family Dentist Serving Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Draper & Nearby Utah

Posted: August 15, 2013

There are a couple different ways your teeth can become yellow or stained. Teeth whitening effectively eliminates most types of teeth stains. Some tooth stains are intrinsic – they are caused by factors at work beneath the enamel of your tooth, in the dentin. Intrinsic stains may be caused by certain medications, tooth injury and the aging process. Extrinsic stains are on the surface of your teeth, and they can be caused by many things, including:

  • Wine
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Berries
  • Smoking
  • Poor dental hygiene habits

Certain foods and beverages can be some of the most common causes of teeth stains. Food and beverages contain molecules called chromogens, which stain your teeth. Chromogens stick to your tooth enamel and thus stain your teeth. Acidic foods and beverages like tomato sauce or soda can wear down the enamel on your teeth, ultimately making it easier for chromogen molecules to stick to your teeth. Some causes of teeth stains you can manage and others may be less manageable. You can't do much about some of the intrinsic tooth stains. You can cut back on some of the foods and beverages above or brush your teeth after consuming them. And where these efforts fall short, teeth whitening like Zoom tooth whitening can create bright white teeth by eliminating stains. If you are interested in teeth whitening in Salt Lake City, West Jordan, Midvale or the surrounding areas, please contact Warr Dental to schedule a free initial consultation.

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