A: There are many ways in which a person’s teeth can become discolored. Here are a few of the most common culprits.
Food and drink containing intense pigments contain chromogens that can attach to the enamel of your teeth, staining them in unwanted colors. The most common drinks that cause staining include red wine, tea, and coffee.
Tobacco contains tar and nicotine, both of which discolor your teeth. Tar is a black substance that will darken your teeth and nicotine becomes a yellowish pigment over time as it is exposed to oxygen.
Aging will naturally cause your teeth to darken and stain. As the white enamel layer of your teeth deteriorates the darker dentin layer will begin to show through.
Some medications will cause your teeth to become discolored. Young children are the most susceptible to this form of teeth discoloration.
Tooth trauma caused by being hit in the mouth will ca