How to avoid tooth discolouration


Tooth discoloration is a common dental issue that affects many people. It can occur due to various factors, such as lifestyle habits, aging, genetics, and certain medical conditions. There are some lifestyles factors that can attribute to tooth discolouration but with some changes we can prevent it.


Causes of tooth discolouration

  1. Poor Dental Hygiene: One of the most common causes of tooth discoloration is poor dental hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can build up on your teeth, causing them to appear yellow or brown.
  2. Food and Drinks: Certain foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and dark-colored berries, can cause tooth discoloration over time. The pigments in these foods and drinks can seep into the enamel of your teeth, causing them to darken.
  3. Tobacco Use: Tobacco use, whether it’s smoking or chewing tobacco, can cause tooth discoloration. Nicotine and tar in tobacco products can stain teeth, making them appear yellow or brown.
  4. Aging: As we age, the enamel on our teeth naturally wears away, revealing the yellowish dentin underneath. This can make teeth appear more yellow or gray over time.
  5. Genetics: Some people may be more prone to teeth discoloration due to their genetics. Certain genetic factors can cause enamel to be thinner or more porous, making it easier for stains to penetrate.
  6. Medications: Certain medications, such as antibiotics, antihistamines, and chemotherapy drugs, can cause tooth discoloration as a side effect. These medications can affect the enamel of your teeth, causing them to appear yellow or gray.
  7. Trauma: If you’ve experienced trauma to your teeth, such as a blow to the face, it can cause discoloration. This is because trauma can damage the pulp inside your teeth, causing them to darken.


Preventing Tooth  Discoloration

The best way to prevent tooth discoloration is to practice good dental hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. You should also avoid foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and dark-colored berries. If you use tobacco products, consider quitting to prevent further discoloration.

In addition to these preventive measures, there are also treatments available to help whiten discolored teeth. Your dentist may recommend professional teeth whitening, which uses a special gel and light to remove stains and brighten your teeth. In some cases, dental veneers or bonding may be recommended to cover up severe discoloration.


In conclusion, tooth discoloration can occur due to a variety of factors, but it’s often preventable with good dental hygiene and lifestyle habits. If you’re concerned about the color of your teeth, talk to your dentist about the best treatment options for you or call us on 3272 8833.