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What Causes Teeth Staining?

When it comes to teeth staining there are only two categories for it, these are intrinsic staining and extrinsic staining.

Extrinsic stains appears on the surface of your teeth. This is a result of foods and cigar (smoking), dark-colored beverages such as red wine and routine wear and tear. The one called superficial extrinsic stains are minor which can be removed by simply brushing your teeth and prophylactic dental cleaning. The one that needs to be cleaned though with more time and effort are the stubborn extrinsic stains, these stains needs teeth bleaching. Persistent extrinsic stains can penetrate into the dentin and become ingrained if they are not dealt with early.

Intrinsic stains are formed in the interior of the teeth. The usual cause of having an intrinsic stains are aging, trauma, exposure to minerals like tetracycline during tooth formation and excessive fluoride ingestion. It was believed in the past that intrinsic stains can not be corrected anymore by tooth bleaching. But today’s study shows that a supervised over-the-counter teeth whitening that is maintained over a matter of months (or even a year) can be totally removed according to most cosmetic dentistry experts.

Causes of Tooth / Teeth Staining

  • Age
  • Starting color (inborn tooth color)
  • Eating habits
  • Smoking habits
  • Drugs/Chemicals (excessive fluoride)
  • Teeth grinding
  • Trauma (injuries)

How to remove teeth stains?

You can simply try some of these options and feel free to share which ones work for you.