What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

Everyone wants a glowing white smile. But there are many reasons why our teeth lose color, and get stained. Many of these factors are beyond control such as discoloration due to age or accidents which may disrupt the enamel development, resulting in erosion. Sometimes, it may simply be staining produced by lifestyle factors including excessive consumption of caffeine but it is also possible that it is an indicator of serious dental health concerns. It is therefore important to consult a dentist to identify what is the reason for your dull and darkening teeth. 


Poor Oral Hygiene

Failing to maintain good dental hygiene can cost your teeth its shine. Brushing and flossing daily is important to keep the bacteria away from the mouth. In the offcase, bacteria and food particles remain in your mouth, cling to the teeth and lead to staining. Regular professional dental cleanings can also help prevent staining of teeth


Certain Food & Beverages

Regular and increased consumption of certain food items and drinks are among the lifestyle factors which cause teeth discoloration. Tea, coffee, wine, soda, and some juices are highly acidic, so it can dull the whiteness of your teeth. Starchy foods such as pastas, and potatoes, and fruits including apples, beets, blueberries, cherries, and citrus fruits also produce the staining effect. Brightly colored candies, popsicles, etc. should also be avoided. In fact, any food that could stain your clothes is also capable of staining your teeth.


Tobacco Use

Use of tobacco compromises on oral health and hygiene. It is guaranteed to yellow your teeth, and an even more serious concern is that it puts you at a higher risk for developing gun diseases, mouth cancers, and other oral health issues. 



Certain medicines, because of their ingredients, have the potential to cause teeth discoloration, particularly in children. A range of drugs cause the staining effect including antihistamines, antidepressants, antipsychotic drugs, and medicines used to control high blood pressure. Even antibiotics like tetracycline, and doxycycline affect the enamel formation in children less than 8 years. Exposure to some oral rinse solutions which contain chlorhexidine, or cetylpyridinium can also cause teeth staining.



Illnesses can impact oral health, and deteriorate the development of tooth enamel and dentin, the porous yellow core under the enamel. Health enamel is very important for the color of your teeth. Metabolic disease, calcium deficiency, liver disease, rickets, eating disorder, and celiac disorder can all be harmful for your enamel. Additionally, treatment such as neck and head radiation, chemotherapy can also cause teeth discoloration. It has also been found that certain infections in pregnant mothers can affect the enamel development in the baby, and discolor their teeth.

Although teeth discoloration occurs as a result of controllable lifestyle choices, and due to genetic or accidental factors, it is possible to reverse this condition in most cases. Teeth whitening treatments are widely available, and can be recommended by your dentist based on the staining problem that you face. Pursuing a healthy white smile is now easy with Invisalign Center Dubai. We offer zoom whitening treatments, which will help you get that sparkling smile.