The Effects of Tooth Discoloration To A Person’s Image

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Smiling is another way to interact with other individuals. It makes an individual appear approachable. When we smile the first thing that other people notice would be our teeth. Aside from looking at a complete set of teeth the next thing that people would see would be its color. When the teeth become discolored it somehow affects one’s image.

Tooth discoloration is a state wherein the teeth are discolored due to the stains that are brought about by the food and beverages that we eat and drink. The first layer of the tooth that is affected by the discoloration is the enamel. It is the protective layer of the tooth that is found above the gum line and is responsible for covering the dentin. Common symptoms to tooth discoloration will range from white streaks to yellow tints as well as brown spots. This problem with the appearance of the tooth could be prevented easily. The best way to achieve a presentable looking set of tooth is to follow a correct dental hygiene.

Tooth discoloration is classified in three types: First is the Extrinsic Discoloration, this type occurs when the outer layer of the tooth which is defined as the enamel becomes stained. Common causes are coffee, cola and other beverages that often have color. Smoking is also another known cause to stain the tooth; it is considered one of the biggest factors that lead to extrinsic stains. Second is the Intrinsic Discoloration, this type affects the inner core of the tooth which is the dentin. Identified causes for this condition comes in many from; too much fluoride exposure, usage of an antibiotic that is called tetracycline, trauma, internal bleeding, and also from a rare condition which is called “dentinogenesis imperfecta” - It is a genetic disorder that affects tooth development, not only will it cause the discoloration of the teeth but it affects the overall condition.

Teeth are mostly colored gray, amber, and purple and are also prone to breakage and loss since it is weaker than the normal ones. The third type is Age-related Discoloration, it is considered as a combination of the first two types. The dentin turns yellow naturally over a longer period of time. As one grows older, the enamel wears off and gets thinner. Breakage and other injuries cause to the tooth also affect discoloration, especially when damage has been done to the pulp.

A dentist or dental hygienist is the best person to consult to properly diagnose the level of tooth discoloration. Treatment depends on the condition one is experiencing. Brushing the teeth is still the best advice one could get to prevent tooth discoloration.

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This article was published on 2012/05/22