There are two types of stain that affect our teeth. Intrinsic tooth staining is the staining of the inner layer of the tooth. Extrinsic tooth staining is the staining of the outer layer of the tooth.
Intrinsic stain is more difficult to control. These stains need restorations to repair or mask their appearance because it occurs within the tooth. Intrinsic staining can be caused by the following:
- Leaking fillings
- Tooth wear
Extrinsic stain is more easily controlled and treated. These stains are often caused by the following:
- Red wine
Generally speaking, anything that can stain your clothes can potentially stain your teeth! Limiting habits or beverages that contribute to stain is the number one way to help with tooth stain. However, abstaining from these things we love is not always easy! Here are some ways to help slow the staining of our teeth:
- Rinse with water after drinking staining beverages: Rinsing prevents some staining liquids from penetrating the teeth immediately.
- Eat well, sleep well: Keeping up with a healthy diet and good sleep habits help slow down the aging process.
- Treat grinding: Wearing a night guard, if needed, will prevent premature wear and yellow appearance of teeth.
When prevention does not work to inhibit staining, there are professional whitening options to safely lighten teeth. Adams and Cheek Dentistry is here to answer any questions you may have about tooth stain or whitening. Click here to schedule an appointment or call with any questions. You may also click here for a guide to tooth whitening.