Reasons Your Teeth May Start to Look Brown

Posted on 5/15/2020 by Brian Rounds, DDS
Reasons Your Teeth May Start to Look Brown
If your teeth are not only faded, but brownish in tone, you may wonder why this has happened. Usually, the browning results from certain habits – habits that can be modified to get rid of the problem. The following information can help you understand why brown spots on teeth develop.

What Are the Main Causes for Browning?

Teeth may turn brownish to exhibit brown spots when you eat dark-colored drinks or foods. These foods contain chemical substances that are called chromogens. For example, the tannic acid in teas and red wines contain chromogens that stain the teeth. Also, a drink or food with an artificial dye does the same thing. In addition, brown stains may develop if you smoke or use chewing tobacco. This type of staining gets harder and harder to remove over time.

How Tartar Can Lead to Browning

If you don't brush at least twice a day (morning and before bed) and floss at least once daily, a translucent and sticky film will cling to the teeth called plaque. If plaque is not removed through brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings, it turns into a coating known as calculus or tartar. Once the plaque becomes tartar, you will need to schedule a professional cleaning in our office. That is the only way this type of build-up can be removed. Besides neglecting to brush and floss, certain factors can worsen a tartar problem. These factors may include a severe illness, diabetes, smoking, and medicines that cause dry mouth. Tartar can also result from hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, menopause, or puberty.
As you can see, any problems with brown spots or brown teeth can be resolved. You just need to commit to a program of regular at-home dental care and schedule visits to our office. If you have not done so already, schedule an appointment for a consultation and cleaning today. The sooner you take care of the problem, the sooner you will feel like smiling again.
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