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Health Facts on Teeth Discoloration
Jul 19, 2016
Health Facts on Teeth Discoloration

Who wouldn’t like to spread a wide smile with those sparkling white teeth? Someone with dashing white teeth makes us swivel over magazines and screens. There are people who do unsurpassable visits to their dentists for bleaching & whitening treatments throughout the year.

And, there are these people who go on trying endless tips which they came across through various Medias & magazines- All for a better radiant white teeth! But, do you really think that having snowy white teeth solely shows good dental health? What if you got slightly yellowish colored teeth?

The teeth’s are covered by a protective layer called enamel, which crowns the dentine. As a matter of course, the enamel is said to have a bluish white color. Since the enamel is translucent the yellow color of the dentine underneath shows through.

This gives the overall demeanor of teeth as light yellowish color or even light grayish. But if the color is deep yellowish, that shows signs of infirmity.  So, it’s not much a problem if you don’t have perfectly white colored teeth as that of the soft sheen of white pearls.

In fact, ultra white teeth could also be bromidic since they possibly mean excessive fluorides or hypocalcified spots that denote calcium deficiency.

Teeth discoloration & possible causes


Teeth color shades vary from each person. Anyhow, the teeth color can be classified into 4 basic shade ranges-Reddish brown, Reddish yellow, Gray and Reddish gray. Each range has its own different variation of darkness which suits almost for everyone. The discoloration in teeth can be mainly due to:

Genetics – Some people have naturally thinner enamel than others.

Intake of sugary sweets - This doesn’t mean the amount of intake of sugary eatables can lead to discoloration. It’s the amount of sugar deposited on teeth which could wear out the enamel exposing the dentine.

Tannins – It’s an awful fact that tea and coffee, the cure for droopy mornings contribute a lot to tooth staining due to the presence of tannins.

Acidic fruits and juices- Acidic fruit juices like lemon or orange lingering to your teeth for a longer time can also be another reason for discoloration.

Smoking – Regular smoking can also leave stains on your teeth which give an unpleasant color.

Aging – Aging is one of the natural causes for yellowing of teeth. As you age, the outer layer of the teeth starts wearing and reveals the dentin.

Counter Measures


• Maintaining good oral hygiene and proper brushing with a soft-bristled brush after meals.

• Munching on fresh and fibrous fruits like apple or pears.

• Rubbing baking soda on teeth is a natural whitening trick. But everyday habit can lead to adverse effects.

• Interesting news to all cheesemongers out there that cheese is also a tasty remedy for teeth discoloration and it also abates the risk of cavities.

• Drinking and rinsing with water could also taper off the risk of teeth discoloration.

• Visit a prosthodontics or a cosmetic dentist is also encouraged in case of severe discoloration.

Bottom Line:
On the whole, it’s not solely the color of the teeth that describes your oral health. It includes the color and state of your gums and many other facets also.

And at many instances, people misjudge their oral health due to the only perception that their teeth are not gleaming white! Conclusively, it’s not just the color- state of health of teeth matters. Commemorate the proverb -“if you can’t bite don’t show your teeth!’

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