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Common Reasons Behind Teeth Discoloration

Posted on 1/25/2021 by Classic Smiles
Common Reasons Behind Teeth DiscolorationDiscolored teeth can be worrisome as well as embarrassing at times, and the best way to deal with it is to learn what causes it in the first place. There are several common reasons behind teeth discoloration, some of which are in our control.

Foods and Drinks

There are certain foods and drinks which, if consumed regularly, cause teeth discoloration. These include tea, coffee, certain beverages, apples, potatoes, and several other food items. They contain certain substances, for instance, tannins in coffee and tea, that build up on your enamel and leave a stain. Drinking plain water after tea or coffee can help rinse your mouth and limit the discoloration.

Diseases and Medications

Certain diseases affecting other parts of the body can also have an effect on your teeth in the form of discoloration. Metabolic diseases or inherited disorders can sometimes cause stained teeth.

Moreover, sometimes, the treatment for certain diseases, such as radiation and chemotherapy, can affect the color of your teeth. Furthermore, some medicines can also cause discoloration if they contain substances like chlorhexidine.


Your lifestyle plays a huge role in your overall oral health, and this includes the color of your teeth. If you don't brush and floss regularly, not only can it cause various dental problems, but it can lead to a buildup of plaque as well, which can give off the appearance of stained teeth. Similarly, smoking or chewing tobacco can also cause teeth discoloration.


There are also factors beyond our control, such as time. Over time, as you age, the teeth can lose that white color naturally. This is because the inner layer of the tooth, also known as dentin, is yellow. As the white enamel wears away with time, the yellow color of the dentin can start appearing more prominent.

If you are experiencing teeth discoloration and suffer from oral health issues, call (407) 378-0139 to schedule a visit today.
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