Don't Sleep With Your Mouth Open
If you wake up with drool on your pillow or a dry mouth, this could be contributing to your stained teeth. Moisture in the mouth washes away biofilm buildup. A lack of saliva in our mouths can weaken enamel, and promote staining.
Dental plaque is bad for your teeth because it can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and all kinds of nasty things. Unfortunately, you wake up with plaque on your teeth every morning. Why? Because you have twice as much bacteria at work when you sleep as you do during the day!
"Making plaque disappear is not possible, but we can shrink and stabilize it," says cardiologist Dr. Christopher Cannon, a Harvard Medical School professor. Plaque forms when cholesterol (above, in yellow) lodges in the wall of the artery.
Plaque that hangs around in your mouth will harden into a calcified substance called tartar within only 24–72 hours. Moreover, plaque that hangs around in your mouth will harden into a calcified substance called tartar within only 24–72 hours.
Use a teeth whitening toothpaste: Many kinds of toothpaste incorporate baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, which will make it easier to remove stains. Baking soda is a strong substance, but this type of toothpaste uses a small amount. You can also have professional teeth whitening treatment.
White spots are a telltale sign that the teeth are dehydrated. These white spots will appear on the teeth, generally overnight. Often these blemishes will go away after some brushing. But, if they don't disappear after brushing your teeth, it may be an indication of a bigger problem.
Surface stains that have not seeped beneath the outer layer of your teeth can often be treated with over-the-counter whitening products like toothpaste or strips. Deep extrinsic stains that have penetrated the enamel, however, require professional-strength whitening prescribed and applied by your dentist.
For example, scraping the brown spots from the teeth should only be done by a dental professional. If not done professionally, the scraping might even cause further damage to the tooth's enamel (and thereby introduce new sites for food debris and bacteria to accumulate).
Professional Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening is often the best way to whiten brown teeth. Your dentist can determine the underlying cause of your brown teeth, and help you develop a treatment plan to whiten your teeth.
Staining of the enamel is not permanent and can be easily reversed with treatments through professional stain removal and tooth whitening. Steer away from home remedies. Often these products are abrasive and can scratch the enamel making them more susceptible to staining - such as whitening toothpastes.
Symptoms of tooth decay
toothache – either continuous pain keeping you awake or occasional sharp pain without an obvious cause. tooth sensitivity – you may feel tenderness or pain when eating or drinking something hot, cold or sweet. grey, brown or black spots appearing on your teeth. bad breath.
As the enamel erodes and more dentin is exposed, the teeth may appear yellow. Cracks and chips. The edges of teeth become more rough, irregular, and jagged as enamel erodes. Smooth, shiny surfaces on the teeth, a sign of mineral loss.
As the enamel continues to erode, your teeth might turn a gray or yellowish color. If your teeth change shape, it's a good indicator that you have enamel damage. Your teeth may begin to appear rounded, develop ridges, and often the gaps between teeth will become more substantial.
Calcium in food counters acids in your mouth that cause decay. It also helps keep your bones and teeth strong. Milk, cheese, and other dairy products help protect and strengthen enamel, says Pamela L. Quinones, past president of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.
A decaying tooth results in a foul smell. If you develop bad breath or notice an odd odor coming from your mouth, you might have one or several rotten teeth. Halitosis is one of the most common indications of decayed teeth. Visit us as soon as possible for an analysis, cleaning, filling or other dental restoration.
Often this bacteria buildup is an indication that you're not doing a good enough job brushing and flossing. Food particles that get left behind in your teeth and on your gums can generate the bacteria that cause halitosis. This is particularly true for children as they age.
You may notice that a white spot on a tooth darkens to a brownish color. As enamel is weakened, small holes in your teeth called cavities, or dental caries, can form. Cavities will need to be filled by your dentist.
Brown spots on teeth can be an early warning sign of cavities, which require a dentist to fix. They may be accompanied by symptoms such as tooth pain, sensitivity, or bad breath. If tooth decay becomes severe, it may lead to gingivitis.
Can tooth decay be reversed? Yes, if it is caught early. Tooth decay is only reversible in the beginning stages when it has only affected the enamel or the hard outer protective coating of the tooth. Once tooth decay has progressed through the enamel into the softer, inner part of the tooth, it is irreversible.
Brushing your teeth is meant to remove harmful bacteria and plaque but not to whiten them. As recommended by your dentist, brushing twice a day is vital because it prevents cavities and tooth decay. Brushing alone will not whiten your teeth, though, and even whitening toothpaste only has a minimal effect on your teeth.
Have you ever wondered how every celebrity is able to get their teeth so dazzlingly white? Cosmetic dentistry is the answer. This field of dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of the patient's smile. To do this, a cosmetic dentist might target the size, shape, alignment, or whiteness of the patient's teeth.