Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.

212.279.1232

What Are the Common Causes of Tooth Discoloration?

Tooth discoloration comes in many forms, but one aspect of it always remains the same: no one wants it. Teeth may acquire stains for many reasons, many of which can be avoided with preventative care. The following reasons constitute a few of the more common causes of tooth discoloration. If you have stained or yellowed teeth, but wish for a brighter smile, you may want to consult a dentist about teeth whitening.

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Inadequate Brushing and Flossing
Proper oral hygiene isn’t just about having healthy teeth. When you practice consistent brushing and flossing, you also ward off plaque that can create the appearance of yellowed teeth. Plaque forms when bacteria and food contaminants have the chance to adhere to tooth enamel, so to prevent discoloration, be sure to maintain good hygiene practices.

Smoking
Tobacco usage is detrimental to your physical health in many ways. However, it can significantly impact your appearance as well. Cigarettes and other tobacco products can yellow and stain teeth over time. For this reason, as well as the many health considerations, make a commitment to stop smoking as soon as possible.

Drinking Stain-Producing Beverages
Coffee and tea are daily indulgences for millions of people. Unfortunately, these two beverages also happen to be common culprits of tooth discoloration. In fact, virtually any colored drink has the potential to stain your teeth. Coffee, tea, dark sodas, juices, and sports drinks can all lead to a discolored smile. If you find it difficult to eliminate these beverages from your diet, try drinking them through a straw to avoid direct contact with your teeth. You should also clean your teeth after drinking any of these beverages, or swish with water until you have the opportunity to brush.

Charles M. Marks, D.D.S. and Dental Associates provide safe and effective teeth whitening services, as well as many other cosmetic dentistry options. To schedule an appointment for teeth whitening, call our Manhattan office at (212) 279-1232. 

347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

Hours of Operation

  • Closed Sunday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday
  • Closed Saturday