In the case of dental discolorations, a distinction is made within dentistry between internal and external discolorations.
Internal discoloration of a tooth or molar can be caused by:
- A blow to the tooth. This can then turn gray, yellow or even blue over time.
- Gray or black fillings.
- A developmental disorder that has already arisen in the initial phase of the construction of the tooth.
- With age, the enamel thickness decreases and the underlying, thicker and yellowish dentin shines more through. As a result, the teeth get a more yellow color over the years.
Internal discolorations cannot simply be removed with, for example, a toothpaste. Ask a dentist or dental hygienist about the options for treating these discolorations.
External discoloration of a tooth can be caused by:
- Consuming certain nutrients such as: coffee, tea, red wine.
- To smoke.
- Tartar is often a bit yellow in color and because it is rough, dyes from the food adhere more quickly.
External discolorations can be partially removed by brushing with, for example, a Whitening toothpaste. Sometimes the deposit is so persistent that it can no longer be brushed away with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Tartar cannot be brushed away. Only a dentist or dental hygienist can safely remove the stubborn deposits and tartar from your teeth.