Dentist South Orange Why Did My Teeth Turn Yellow?

Dr. Mitchell-Douglas on the Ins and Outs of Stains

Your East Orange NJ dentists as Essex Dental Associates are often asked by patients why their teeth changed shades. And while the answers to this inquiry can be very vast and vary tremendously patient to patient, we wanted to give you a synopsis on the tooth major causes of stains in today’s blog.


Intrinsic Stains:

These stains that impact the teeth from the inside out are largely brought on by medicines and other medical treatments that are supposed to help you get better. Various antibiotics and drugs ending in "-cycline" (tetracycline, minocycline) and more can discolor teeth mainly in younger patients, but also in adults. Chemotherapy of the head and neck areas, as well as blood pressure reducing medicines, have been seen to change the shade of your pearly whites too. Consult your doctor about these side effects beforehand.


Extrinsic Stains:

Stains that impact the OUTSIDE of the teeth (hence “ex-“) are typically due to lifestyle and decisions you make. Years of sugary and acidic dietary items can wear away the enamel (protective layer) of the teeth and allow for stains to set in easier.


Darker foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, red wine, cola and even blueberries or pomegranates have been known to stain the teeth. Habits, including tobacco and alcohol usage, can also cause these types of stains in patients.


While we see from the above that there are some staining factors you can control and some you can not- simple dietary monitoring and habit control can go a long way. In the event, those things lapse, however, your East Orange NJ dentists are here with the best teeth whitening services around.   


Call Essex Dental Associates today to schedule an appointment at (973) 763-7289.