Novato Cosmetic Dentist Reviews Reasons for Teeth Staining

Written by Dr. McConnell on Sep 30, 2014

Professional teeth whitening treatment at our Novato Cosmetic Dentist office is an easy way to refresh the appearance of your smile for a special event like a wedding or reunion.

For your convenience, we offer options that will effectively eliminate staining and brighten your smile. But you may wonder what causes your teeth to discolor, and how the problem can be avoided.

Improper Dental Hygiene

Practicing good oral hygiene is essential for oral health, but it’s also important if you want to maintain a bright smile. Regular cleanings at our dentist office, you are most likely contributing to the discoloration of your teeth. Improper oral hygiene will always result in yellowing of the teeth and cause other major dental problems as well.


You may be extremely proactive with your oral hygiene, but your teeth will still become slightly pitted and worn over time. This results in wear and discoloration of tooth enamel because stains can penetrate the porous surface more easily.  As enamel wears away, the underlying dentin within the tooth becomes more apparent, contributing to the yellow appearance of your teeth.


Obviously, you can’t change our inherent genetic makeup. The natural color of your teeth is as distinct as you are, which is why some people have teeth with a yellowish hue. The reason for this is that the outer layer of dental enamel has a more translucent quality, causing the dentin beneath to seem more obvious.


Foods and drinks such as red wine, tobacco products, dark fruit juices or sodas (like cola) definitely contribute to the discoloration of dental enamel. It is not necessary or even recommended that you cut out all these foods completely. But you will have a better chance of maintaining a healthy white smile if you remember to brush or at least rinse your mouth after ingesting these products.

Are you ready to shed your dull smile with easy, affordable teeth whitening? The Novato Cosmetic Dentist provides several teeth whitening options that bring back the beauty of your teeth and give you a smile that you can be proud of.