In our modern world, we interact with thousands of substances every day. Although the vast majority pass through our lives without leaving any lasting influence, some leave little legacies behind. One example of this is tooth discolouring.
There are lots of different factors behind the social obsession with having a perfect, pearly white smile, and research shows that teeth are one of the major features that adults rate their attractiveness and self esteem on. In this article, I’m going to debunk two of the major myths surrounding tooth discolouration, so that you can be better informed.
Myth 1: All tooth discolouring is the same
At first glance, it would be understandable to presume that there’s just a single kind of tooth discolouring. But this is actually inaccurate. There are three main types of tooth discolouring:
Extrinsic discolouration, which is when the tooth enamel is stained by the usual selection of tooth-staining offenders — wine, fizzy drinks, and cigarettes
Intrinsic discolouration, where the dentin (the inner structure of the tooth) develops a dark or yellowish tint. There are a range of causes, which include using certain kinds of antibiotics and excessive use of fluoride during childhood
Age related discolouration. Dentin naturally discolours over time, which is exacerbated by exposure to staining substances, such as wine, fizzy drinks, and cigarettes
In all cases, if you have a broken or chipped tooth, this can greatly add to the discolouring process. Swiftly addressing a breakage or chip can save you not only discomfort, but discolouration in the long run.
Myth 2: Tooth discolouration is caused by bad dental hygiene
This one is a little tricky. Of course, cleaning your teeth regularly will stop the buildup of plaque, which can contribute to discolouring. However, poor dental hygiene – not cleaning your teeth well, or often, is not the only contributing factor in tooth discolouration. As mentioned above, there are other substances – such as fizzy drinks, wine, and cigarettes, which if you expose your teeth to often, can result in discolouring. Additionally, certain types of antibiotics have been proven to result in tooth discolouration – proving that it’s not quite as simple as just brushing your teeth really well.
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