Let’s Look at of the Some Causes of Teeth Staining Have you ever wondered where do those yellow and brownish stains on your teeth come from? If you’re like millions of Americans, you brush and floss regularly, just as you have been instructed by your dentist but you still have the stains on your teeth. But, as you look around and see all the advertising about gleaming smiles and glistening teeth, do you ever wonder just how that look is accomplished? Well, I have wondered…and when inquiring minds need to know, one must get answers. Why do my teeth stain? Personally, I think, before a person can really appreciate the causes of those ugly stains on teeth, you should know and understand why the stains occur. We’re going to keep this really simple because simple is best unless you’re a Dentist or a Dental Hygienist. So here goes a basic explanation of the way your teeth are built. Basically, your teeth are comprised of an outside layer called the enamel, the inside layer called dentin and the root system that goes down into the gums. The enamel is a hard surface but it is also porous. We must realize, of course, anything that goes into your mouth will be chewed by the teeth and has the potential to leave deposits on your teeth. Therefore, any staining that occurs can soak through into the deeper layers of the enamel where removal is more difficult. Sometimes, the enamel layer get thin as we age and the darker dentin layer beneath it begins to show through, causing a dingy look to your teeth. A few causes of staining Some of the most obvious causes of staining are foods that we eat and beverages that we drink. Coffee, tea, cola drinks, red wines, fruits and juices (especially blue berries and grape juices) and some veggies can leave discolorations on your teeth. It is suggested that drinking as many of these beverages as possible through a straw will help to reduce the amount of discoloration on your teeth. Attention smokers, I hate to say this, but tobacco use, both smoking and chewing, will also cause teeth staining and discoloration. The nicotine that is contained in the cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco can discolor even the skin of the fingers with which you hold the cigarettes and cigars! I also found that another cause of dental staining is certain medications, such as certain blood pressure medications, anti-psychotic medications, antihistamines and the antibiotics Tetracycline and Doxycycline when given to children under the age of 8 years old. Do you know how can you reverse the process? Now that you’re equipped with more information and know some causes of the staining, let me reassure you that there is hope for reversing the process. There are many teeth whitening products on the market and are available as over the counter products as well as dental office products that can lighten your pearly whites by varying degrees. These products are available in whitening toothpaste form, whitening gels and gel strips and dental office treatments. While it is true that the cost and effectiveness varies among these products, it is important to know that there is hope to improve your smile.