Everyone wants to have a nice smile, but sometimes the foods we eat can cause discoloration and stains to occur. The big culprits are coffee, cigarettes, and red wine, but there are others to watch for also. One concern can come from fluoride, or rather too much fluoride. An over abundance of fluoride in your diet, especially as a child can cause white, chalk like, discoloration of the teeth.
Even medications can turn change the color of your teeth. Certain antibiotics can cause your teeth to become yellow, and minocycline can even cause your teeth to become a permanent gray-blue. Even some antihistamines can cause discoloration.
Your age may be another factor if your smile has become less then pearly white. As you age the enamel of your teeth gradually wears away exposing more of the underlying brownish-yellow layers below the enamel. Also root canals, and infections can lead to discoloration of the tooth.
Even some fruits can cause stains on your teeth. Blueberries, and cranberries, among others, can leave pigment behind on your teeth, and even soy sauce can leave your smile shades darker.
You must remember that the best way to fight off staining is by brushing and flossing regularly. If, however, you are seeking a more permanent solution to the discoloration of your teeth you can always opt for veneers, or whitening treatments at your cosmetic dentist‘s office.