Downtown Seattle Dentist: Improve Smiles

What did I do to Stain My Teeth?

You look in the mirror and you notice your teeth aren’t the pearly whites they used to be. You just decide to keep brushing and flossing, possibly use over-the-counter whiteners from the supermarket. Some success might be achieved but it’s not what you hoped for. You know you can get professional help for teeth whitening and that’s the best thing you can do. But what caused those stains anyway?

You must realize that tooth surfaces are not really smooth as glass, even if your tongue tells you so after a good brush. Unbeknownst to your naked eye, enamel surfaces have microscopic grooves and pits where tiny bits of food color, sugar and starches, or other particles can cling to and embed in them. Hence, regular brushing is helpful to clear away those clinging particles though some persistent habits can make the job difficult. You can also add scratches to your enamel if brushing is too vigorous or your food or drink is too acidic. Enamel may be exceedingly hard but it is porous.

There are several types of tooth discoloration depending on their cause. There are foods, drinks and other consumables, like coffee, tea, cola, wine and tobacco, that stain generally all teeth surfaces. Genetics also play a role. Age is another cause, so that mature teeth become darker over a person’s lifetime. Tetracycline antibiotic can cause yellow or graying bands to appear across teeth surfaces when ingested at younger than 8 years of age or when pregnant women take them at a particular time; sometimes some susceptible adults’ teeth react similarly to this drug. And there are also other causative factors: tooth decay, deteriorated dental fillings, root canal treatment, trauma, and certainly, poor oral hygiene.

Remove Stains, Improve Smiles in Downtown Seattle

Seek out your Downtown Seattle dentist, Dr. Jaime, and she’d give you more information. Have an in-office teeth whitening at Smile Art and see the difference. She can also give tips on how to keep those whites looking brighter for longer.