If Teeth Are Discolored, Are They Unhealthy?

If your teeth are discolored, you may be wondering whether they are unhealthy. Before we answer this question, let’s dive into the most common causes of tooth discoloration. The most common cause is tobacco. In addition to its health risks, tobacco use can stain your teeth as Nicotine hinders their grooves.

There are also a variety of foods and beverages with strong coloring that may lead to tooth discoloration including coffee, wine, cola, berries, and candy. Also, certain medications can penetrate into your tooth enamel and dentin and stain your teeth. Excessive amounts of fluoride, trauma, and the natural process of aging can cause tooth discoloration as well.

If your teeth are discolored for any of these reasons, there is a good chance their health can be improved. We recommend brushing your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day and flossing once daily. Visiting our office at least every six months for a professional exam and cleaning is also a good idea. If you use tobacco products, make every effort to quit as quitting can improve every aspect of your health.

Get into the habit of brushing your teeth every time you eat or drink a tooth staining food or beverage. If you play contact sports such as hockey, wrestling, or baseball, wear a mouthguard to protect your mouth and teeth.

If you would like to get rid of your tooth discoloration, we may suggest Zoom professional teeth whitening. After just one treatment in our office, Zoom can leave you with teeth that are up to eight shades lighter. We consider it to be the fastest and most effective whitening treatment available.

Schedule an Appointment at River Run Dental

If you have further questions about teeth discoloration and whether or not your teeth are unhealthy, we encourage you to contact our Richmond, VA office today to schedule an appointment. Call us at (804) 262-1060 today.