Types of Discoloration in TeethThere are two main types of discoloration in teeth intrinsic and extrinsic staining.
Intrinsic StainingIntrinsic discoloration occurs when the discoloration is inside the tooth rather than on the surface. This discoloring can be caused by medications like tetracycline or excessive amounts of fluoride during childhood (also known as fluorosis).
Extrinsic StainingExtrinsic staining occurs when the outside of your tooth becomes stained by certain foods, drinks, smoking, and poor oral hygiene practices. The discoloration will appear more yellow or brown.
Diseases that Cause Tooth DiscolorationIn addition to discoloration caused by lifestyle choices and medications, the discoloration can also be a sign of dental disease. Cavities, gum disease, and other conditions can discolor your teeth. If you notice discoloration in your teeth, visiting Supreme Dentistry for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan is essential. Beyond discoloration caused by food and drink, discolored teeth may be a sign of a more serious medical condition. Diseases that can cause discoloration in teeth can include:
- Kidney disease
- Hepatitis C