Common Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Tooth discoloration is a common problem that Dr. Shruti Chahal treats in her Calgary, AB dental office. At Foothills Dentistry, Dr. Shruti Chahal helps patients improve the look and health of their smiles with cosmetic dental solutions. Professional teeth whitening is one of the most effective solutions to reverse years of tooth discoloration. But how do teeth become discolored in the first place? What are the common causes of tooth discoloration?

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Causes of Tooth Discoloration

The most common causes of discolored, yellowed, and darkened tooth enamel include:

  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Brushing and flossing consistently at home twice a day can help combat tooth discoloration. Using whitening toothpastes can also keep your smile looking bright. Not maintaining a good oral hygiene routine may not only lead to yellow teeth but also dental infections or gum disease.
  • Foods and Drinks: Certain foods and drinks like wine, coffee, tea, berries, tomatoes contain chromogens. These compounds attach to the tooth enamel and stain the teeth.
  • Tobacco: Products that contain tobacco, including cigarettes and vapes, can yellow the teeth.
  • Medications: Antihypertensive and antipsychotic medications, as well as antihistamines can discolor the tooth enamel. These medications come with staining as a common side effect.

In-Office and Take-Home Tooth Whitening

Dr. Shruti Chahal provides teeth whitening treatment to reverse staining and discoloration. In her Calgary office, Dr. Shruti Chahal can whiten the tooth enamel in under an hour. For in-office treatment, she uses a professional whitening gel activated with light to penetrate deep tooth stains. For convenient treatment at home, Dr. Shruti Chahal can create custom whitening trays from impressions of your teeth. Patients can whiten their teeth with these trays, whitening gel, and a curing light. Take-home whitening gradually brightens the tooth enamel over time, while patients can find immediate results with in-office whitening.

Brighten Your Smile Today

New patients can call Foothills Dentistry for care at (587) 410-0821. Current patients may contact us at (403) 203-0367. You can also request a dental appointment with Dr. Shruti Chahal on our website. Please let Dr. Shruti Chahal know if you have any further questions or concerns about teeth whitening treatment. She will be happy to assist you.