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What Causes Tooth Color Dulling?

Our teeth are exposed to a lot each and every day, so a fair amount of wear and discoloration is normal. Being aware of which components dull your teeth can help you prevent them from becoming dull and yellowing.

mother and daughter brushing their teethTooth dulling and staining usually starts after the loss of enamel. Your teeth lose enamel naturally over time, but some foods and liquids you expose your teeth to can speed up the process. As your teeth lose enamel, the yellowish color of the inner tooth becomes exposed.

Certain antibiotics taken during childhood or during pregnancy can also affect the color of children’s teeth. It affects the teeth as they are forming, usually leading to a dull gray discoloration.

Tooth discoloration can also sometimes be caused by traditional silver cavity fillings.

How Can I Protect My Teeth from Discoloration?

There are certain substances you should avoid if you want to lessen the amount of staining and enamel loss on your teeth. Limiting these things will not only promote healthy teeth but will give you a whiter smile.

  • Smoking is a significant contributor to teeth discoloration and can result in stained, yellow teeth.
  • Acidic foods such as fruit, nuts, seeds, sweeteners, salt and condiments weaken the enamel on your teeth.
  • Eating less acidic foods will help keep your enamel in tact.
  • High sugar and carbohydrate foods can also affect the color of your teeth and increases the bacteria in your mouth. Brushing your teeth after meals can help prevent these foods from damaging enamel and causing cavities.
  • Regular oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing regularly will prevent tooth color dulling

Using a whitening toothpaste can also safely prevent teeth staining. Because some teeth whitening solutions may damage your enamel, it is best if you talk to your dentist about other safe teeth whitening treatments and options.

Schedule an appointment to talk about whitening your teeth today!