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Tooth Discoloration

Tooth Discoloration Symptoms and Causes

Tooth discoloration can be caused by both extrinsic (external) and intrinsic (internal) factors. The natural color of teeth can vary from person to person. However, over time teeth become darker due to staining.

Tooth Discoloration Symptoms:

There is no one “normal” shade of white an individual’s teeth should be. However, the cumulative effect of many factors can affect the color of the teeth. These factors include diet, aging, tooth decay, tooth trauma and existing dental work.

Tooth Discoloration Causes:

The most common causes of tooth discoloration are:

  • Chromogenic foods that have the ability of staining the teeth such as coffee, tea, cola and red wine
  • Tobacco including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and even smokeless tobacco
  • Certain medications such as tetracycline
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth trauma
  • Metal fillings that can show through translucent tooth structure