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What is causing Staining on my Teeth?

Teeth can become stained due to our diet and habits. There are 2 types of stains intrinsic staining and extrinsic staining.


Intrinsic staining is often due to issues during the development of the teeth early in pre tooth eruption phases - common causes of intrinsic staining can be - dietary deficiencies, tetracylcine staining , overexposure to fluoride and trauma.

Intrinsic stains have to be treated differently to extrinsic staining so it is important your dental professionals are able to recognise the difference.


Extrinsic stains are the more common normal stains people suffer from. These are stains that are found in the outermost enamel of the teeth but are too deep and attached to be brushed away safely. Chemical removal with over the counter abrasive toothpastes or other products you can buy in store is not recommended due to the risks associated with use of these methods.

Extrinsic stains are often caused by - Tea, Coffee , Wine , Smoking , Highly coloured foods


The safest and most effective way to remove External tooth stains are through a professional scale and polish. Which uses ultrasonic vibration combined with distilled water to safely dislodge the proteins responsible for the staining and also removing any plaque/calculus in the process.



Teeth whitening is also used to treat stains in certain cases - each individual case is different during our check up appointments our dentists will advise you what treatment you will need to remove the stains on your teeth.


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