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Tooth Discoloration

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What Is Tooth Discoloration?

Tooth discoloration when the color of your tooth changes to a slightly yellow or less bright color than your other teeth. Your tooth may develop white or dark flecks. Causes include dental trauma, poor oral hygiene, tobacco usage, certain foods, drinks and medications.

There are multiple reasons you may encounter discoloration in your teeth. Some are avoidable like smoking and drinking dark-colored foods and beverages, poor oral hygiene. Others are unavoidable such as dental trauma, genetics, aging, and certain medications.

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Common Causes Of Discolored Teeth

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Excessive fluoride
  • Dark-colored foods and beverages
  • Smoking and other tobacco use
  • Genetics
  • Dental trauma
  • Aging
  • Certain medications
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Different Color meanings


Usually due to eating and drinking dark-colored foods or beverages. This is a sign you need to improve your oral health.


This is a result of smoking or using chewing tobacco. If you have brown strains and small holes in your teeth, this is a sign you have untreated tooth decay.


When the color of your tooth becomes gray, this may mean the nerve inside your tooth has died. This is a result of dental trauma.


If you spot white flecks on your teeth, this means you have consumed high levels of fluoride during childhood when your teeth were developing. This is called fluorosis.


Consuming large amounts of red wine can stain your teeth purple. In office teeth whitening by our dental team can help restore that white bright smile.

Tooth Discoloration

Our dental team will create a treatment plan suitable to your needs if you want to restore a tooth’s look or if your having an emergency.

Our skilled team of dentists will assist you in determining the best course of action for your dental and overall health. Get started on your path to a healthier, more attractive smile by getting in touch with us right away!

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