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Stained Teeth: What they Mean, and How to Prevent Them

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No teeth are created equal; what they’re made up of is the same, but how they develop in mouths can differ (hence the reason why people may need braces or even surgery to correct issues at times). The appearance of teeth can also differ because of a multitude of factors, including genetics, lack of proper regular maintenance and what you eat/drink.

Prevention is always better than a cure and there are some great ways to help prevent stained teeth from occurring in the first place (or at least minimize the amount of staining):

“It’s fairly simple to prevent stained teeth by making a few lifestyle changes. Coffee drinkers and especially smokers should consider cutting back or quitting all together. Also follow a meal with a glass of water to wash away any leftover food. Avoid acidic drinks or, if you have to have one, drink water or milk, or eat cheese afterwards.”

Sometimes stained teeth can be caused by more than what you consume, so it’s important to know the difference.

1. A single dark tooth

If one tooth stands out as being darker than the others, it could be a sign of trauma – if a ball hit you in the face or you fell. It could mean the nerve is dead and will need to be treated to prevent an abscess forming, which could result in the loss of the tooth.

2. White spots
If you notice white spots, especially at the gum line, this could be an indication that the enamel has been weakened by frequent plaque build-up or acids. You will need to have this treated to prevent these areas from weakening and requiring fillings.”

Besides being aware of what you consume and the overall integrity of your teeth, it’s important to visit your dentist on a consistent basis. At Aylmer Dentistry your Aylmer dental professional you’ll be in the most comforting and capable hands to help you reach optimal dental health.

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