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What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

Ever look at a photo of yourself from only a few years ago and ask yourself, “Huh,
were my teeth looked a bit brighter back then?” We definitely do.
Coffee and red wine usually get the blame for teeth discoloration, but several other
causes may be the culprit.

Common Reasons for Tooth Discoloration

Spotty Dental Routine
We’re definitely a little biased at <office name>. But if you don’t brush and floss
regularly, plaque can harden into tartar, leaving a yellow-brown color along with your

Some of the foods we hold dearest to our heart, at least at <office name> — like
coffee on a Monday morning or an apple on a crisp, cool day — can stain our teeth.
Besides coffee and red wine, a few of the top offenders include tea, berries, grapes,
tomato and soy sauces, soda, dark juices, and white wine.

Tobacco Use
Smoking and chewing tobacco can cause a slew of health issues, the least worrisome
of which is yellow teeth. That said, it’s one of the most common aesthetic complaints
among tobacco users.

Too Much Fluoride
Fluoride is a good thing, but like all good things, too much of it isn’t recommended.
Consuming too much of it, like in tap water or through dental care products (like
mouthwash), can leave streaks across or a brown outline on your teeth.

Enamel Decay
Enamel is a hard shell that protects the inside of your tooth. But if it decays or
doesn’t fully develop, you may see a variety of stains and changes, including pits, white
spots, or yellow-brown streaks. If you suspect decay, schedule an appointment with us
as soon as possible.

What Helps Prevent Stains
Pardon our sounding like a broken record, but generally, the one great way to prevent
teeth discoloration is to take exquisite care of your teeth and your health. Here are
some of our favorite measures you can take right away to keep your teeth bright:

● Brush after eating or drinking
● Floss daily
● Pass on the sugary foods and drinks
● Add calcium to your diet
● Nix any tobacco use

We Can Help, Too
If you need some help adding more sparkle to your smile, we’re here for you, too. We
offer a number of whitening services, including teeth whitening. Give us a call at 585-
671-9580 to learn more or to schedule your appointment!