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Even if you have amazing dental habits, your teeth can still fade and become discolored.

There are many things that can cause tooth discoloration. These things include:

-Drinks: There are many drinks that can stain your smile, especially coffee, tea, and red wine. These drinks have chromogens, which are intense color pigments that attach to the white outer section of your teeth.

-Tobacco Use: Tobacco products contain two chemicals that cause major stains, tar, and nicotine.

-Age: Throughout time, your teeth begin to wear down. As your teeth’s enamel wears away, the yellowish area underneath the enamel starts to show. This area is called dentin. The more your enamel disappears, the yellower your smile will be.

-Trauma: When you injure your smile, your teeth try to protect themselves by growing additional dentin, which has a yellow tint to it. Once the dentin grows over your teeth, the white enamel will disappear.

-Medications: Tooth discoloration can be a side effect of many medications, like antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medication. Chemotherapy and radiation can also stain your teeth.

A teeth-whitening treatment can help to minimize some of these factors while other treatments may be required for other wear and trauma to your teeth. If you would like to know more about how we can help you improve and enhance your smile, please call our office today at 360-876-0445 and set up an appointment. We are always here and happy to help you with any questions or concerns pertaining to your oral care.