20 October 2011

Yellow Discoloration in Teeth

Yellow discoloration in teeth can be due to many reasons.  Discoloration since birth cannot be cured by any of the dental treatment. Discoloration can be Extrinsic (outside) and Intrinsic (inside) depending upon the fatcors involved.

Reasons of Extrinsic Yellow Discoloration:
  • Smoking
  • Inadequate cleaning of Teeth
  • Drug Intake
  • Tobacco chewing
  • Hard Brushing
  • Excessive intake of tea and coffee
Reasons of Intrinsic Yellow Discoloration:
  • Intake of tetracycline drugs during pregnancy
  • Excessive use of fluoride
Prevention:
  1. Avoid smoking as much as possible because it does not only affect teeth, it can even harm body system. Smoking contains harmful substances like nicotine and tar which are poisonous and affect our body system. When smokers lit the cigarette, these substances starts burning and leave the residue behind on teeth. Due to Continuous smoking this residue starts depositing in layers which in turn becomes hard and is difficult to get removed by toothbrush.
  2. Clean your teeth twice a day and consult your dentist for routine scaling (cleaning of teeth).
  3. Tobacco chewing is one of the bad oral habits which can lead to cancer of oral cavity. Try to minimize the intake otherwise results can even be worse than expected.
  4. Consult dentist to learn proper brushing technique and know the toothbrush type for your teeth.
  5. Never take tetracycline drugs during pregnancy; it can result in yellow discoloration of teeth from birth which cannot be treated.
Treatment:
Intrinsic Discoloration cannot be treated. Extrinsic discoloration can be treated by undergoing teeth whitening procedure.