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Date :  07-Feb-2018

Dr. Surabhi Khungar Sidhu
B.D.S, M.D.S Prosthodontist & Oral Implantologist in West Delhi, Rajouri Garden. Dr. Manvir Singh Sidhu B.D.S Esthetic Consultant Certified Endodontist
DENTIST

WHAT IS TOOTH DISCOLORATION?


Tooth discoloration is a cosmetic problem that occurs when the enamel ( the outer surface of the tooth ) or the dentine ( the layer below the enamel) become discolored or stained. Stains adhere to the pellicle – an invisible, thin protein layer covering the tooth enamel. Unsightly tooth stains can cause great embarrassment and keep people from smiling.

CAUSES:

Discoloration of teeth can be caused by a variety of extrinsic or intrinsic stains.

1) EXTRINSIC STAINS : Extrinsic stains are mainly caused by the daily intake of foods and beverages such as coffee, tea or the use of tobacco products etc. These substances tend to adhere to the enamel and thereby discolor the teeth and reduce the brightness of the teeth.

2) INTRINSIC STAINS : Intrinsic stains are caused by excessive intake of fluoride, certain drugs like tetracycline or may be due to dental pulp necrosis or Developmental abnormalities. With time and age, the teeth accumulate more stains and tartar, causing it to look dull and discolored. In addition, as people grow older, the enamel that protects the teeth gets eroded, revealing the underlying deeper yellow color of dentin.

HOW TO PREVENT:

By making a few simple lifestyle changes, tooth discoloration can be prevented.

1. Avoid consuming foods and drinks( carbonated drinks,Juices  etc.) that contribute to teeth discoloration on a regular basis.
2. QUIT SMOKING-
Smokers may consider reducing intake or quitting altogether.
3. IMPROVE ORAL HYGIENE-
Improve dental hygiene by regular brushing, flossing and getting teeth cleaned by a dentist every 6 months once.
4. AWARENESS-
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if any medications you’re taking result in tooth staining as a side effect.

TREATMENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE:

Tooth colour can be improved by a number of methods depending on the cause of discoloration.

1.Professional CLEANING.
2. PROFESSIONAL BLEACHING.
3.Placement of CROWNS and VENEERS.
4. Use of WHITENING TOOTHPASTES.

Article Compiled By : Dr. Surabhi Khungar Sidhu
B.D.S, M.D.S
Prosthodontist & Oral Implantologist in West Delhi, Rajouri Garden.

Dr. Manvir Singh Sidhu
B.D.S
Esthetic Consultant
Certified Endodontist


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