Are Discolored Teeth a Health Concern?

Teeth Whitening

Wanting to fix the issue of your discolored teeth? While it is completely understandable that you would want your teeth to be whiter and brighter so you can have a more pleasant smile, sometimes teeth that are discolored can be a sign of health problems. This is why it is so important to visit a dentist on a regular basis. Although it is most likely that your discoloration issues are due to your genetics or the natural wearing away of tooth enamel, it is definitely in your best interest to find an effective solution.

The following reasons below are some of the more popular reasons why someone would have teeth that are no longer their natural color.

Reason #1 – foods and drinks

The following foods are known to cause teeth stains – apples, potatoes, tomatoes, berries or beets. The following drinks are known to cause teeth stains – soda, coffee, wine, tea, grape juice or carrot juice.

Reason #2 – tobacco smoking or chewing

Smoking or chewing tobacco is one of the more common reasons for why someone would experience discolorations on their teeth. There are also other health issues that can result from tobacco use.

Reason #3 – not brushing or flossing regularly

When someone does not brush or floss their teeth on a regular basis, it can easily lead to their having teeth that are not as white and bright as they can be.

Reason #4 – disease diagnosis

There are many diseases that can negatively affect a tooth’s enamel, which is going to eventually lead to various levels of tooth discoloration. Treatments that include radiation or chemotherapy can also lead to additional discoloration in the teeth.

Reason #5 – taking certain medications

There are certain medications, like tetracycline, that are known to cause discoloration in the teeth of people consuming these antibiotics. Antihistamines can also cause the same effect as well as some mouthwashes that contain chlorhexidine.

Are discolored teeth a health concern?

Discolored teeth can be a health concern. Experiencing some form of trauma can make a tooth darker, as well as any bleeding that may be occurring inside of a tooth. Having a discolored tooth can also be a sign of a nutritional deficiency. In order to be sure any discoloration is not directly related to one’s health, we can examine the teeth during an appointment.

Ready for whiter teeth?

If you have any discolored teeth and are interested in learning how you can make them whiter and brighter, the first step is to give us a call and schedule a consultation appointment. It is highly likely that any discoloration you are experiencing is probably due to one or more of the above reasons. In order to be sure that the discoloration is not due to any oral health problems taking place in your mouth, we will examine all aspects of your teeth and mouth.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Eastside Dental, request an appointment in our Milwaukee dental office here: Or call us at (414) 888-4000.

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