Are you a Baltimore County resident who wants a brighter smile? Well, come on down to Frederick Road and allow our dental professionals to enhance your smile. As our name suggests, our location is right in the heart of Catonsville, MD, in Baltimore County. You don’t have to travel to Hollywood to have a Hollywood smile. We understand how much your smile matters, healthwise. We also recognize that discolored teeth can leave a person feeling dissatisfied with their physical appearance. If you want a vibrant smile, contact us. In the meantime, here are facts about tooth discoloration and what you can do to prevent stains.
How Does Tooth Discoloration Occur?
Discolored teeth stem from what we eat and drink, especially if they’re high in acidity. Aging is also a factor, as well as tooth trauma. When particular foods and drinks move into your tooth structure’s outer layers, they stain your teeth. These foods and beverages include red sauces, red wine, tea, coffee, and chocolate. Chewing tobacco is also a culprit! Clinical research suggests a higher prevalence of tooth discoloration for those who smoke versus those who do not. Research also suggests that smokers tend to be more unhappy with their appearance based on their teeth’s appearance.
The Color of Stains and What It Means
Yellow staining can happen when people smoke or chew tobacco, but other factors also come into play, such as:
- Drinking beverages such as tea, wine, and coffee
- Having a diet that’s high in sugar
- Particular Medications
- Certain fruits! Yes, FRUITS (blueberries, blackberries, pomegranates)
- Untreated Tooth Decay
- Plaque Buildup
- Poor Oral Hygiene
Brown staining has many causes, such as:
- Tobacco Use
- Beverages such as tea, coffee, soda, and red wine
- Fruits, untreated tooth decay, and tartar buildup
White staining could be the result of a cavity. A white spot tends to turn darker as the cavity advances. Using too much fluoride could also be a cause of white spots. Black staining could also be the result of an advanced cavity and fillings and crowns consisting of silver sulfide and liquid iron supplements. Did you know that teeth can also have a purple undertone??? If you drink red wine regularly, that’s why!
- Brush and floss your teeth after eating pigmented food, and swish your mouth with water if that’s not possible
- Maintain good dental health habits
- Quit smoking and limit the foods and beverages that cause stains.
If you’re a Baltimore County resident looking for a new dental home, you won’t regret becoming a part of our family.
Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care in Baltimore County
Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth, or have a wisdom tooth extracted Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and commitment to comfort, safety, and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.