Why are my teeth turning brown?

Young man holding a strawberry and smilingIf you are noticing changes in your smile, including staining and discoloration, you may be worried about the underlying cause. Browning and darkening teeth can be a signs of a more serious problem, or may just be staining and discoloration caused by certain medications or habits. At Taylor Street Dental, Drs. David Peck, Mahmoud Homsi, Elwira Tyra, and Brian Seo of Springfield, MA can help you determine the cause of your darkening smile and what can be done to resolve it.

What causes teeth to become brown or dark?

There are several reasons why you may be experiencing darkening natural teeth. Below are just a few of things to speak to your dental team about to determine the source of the problem:

  • Poor oral hygiene. For many, discoloration of the smile is caused by poor oral hygiene, including the lack of regular brushing and flossing that can allow for bacteria to breed.
  • Nicotine exposure. Nicotine exposure can occur from both chewing tobacco and cigarette smoking. Tar can become deposited on the natural tooth enamel and result in darkening.
  • Certain darker beverages. If you regularly consume red wine, teas, and coffee, your smile may darken with time due to staining of the natural tooth enamel.
  • Age. As we age, our natural tooth enamel can wear down as just a part of the normal wear and tear of the smile over the years. It can cause the dentin underneath the enamel to become more prevalent and cause the darkening of this layer.

What are some ways to combat darkening of the teeth?

Working with a dental professional to determine the cause of the discoloration is the first step, then solutions can be discussed. Some of the more common methods include:

  • Improving oral healthcare habits
  • Visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and evaluations
  • Reducing consumption of staining foods and beverages
  • Addressing conditions such as bruxism and TMJ/TMD that can wear natural tooth enamel
  • Professional teeth whitening options

Are you worried about the changes in your smile?

Connect with Taylor Street Dental of Springfield, MA to learn more about the benefits of maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile! Call (413) 781-7645 to schedule your upcoming consultation with our team and discuss the ways to enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistry. The office is located at 41 Taylor Street on the fourth floor and accepts both new and returning patients.

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