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Top 3 Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Everyone loves pearly white teeth! Find out what causes stained teeth and learn how to maintain the brightness of your smile with these simple and easy tips. 

Maintaining a healthy smile is the biggest reason why patients visit their dentists on a regular basis. In addition to providing essential cleaning and checkup services, your dentist can also help you achieve whiter and more brilliant teeth using cosmetic dentistry services such as veneers or teeth whitening products.

Having a bright, white smile is very important because it:

  • enhances your appearance
  • boosts your self-confidence
  • makes you look younger
  • makes you look more attractive

Achieve a Bright White Smile With Our Cosmetic Dentistry Services

At Marlborough Dental Centre, we understand the importance healthy and white teeth, which is why we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services including teeth whitening, veneers, and more, to help you achieve a beautiful smile.

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Top 3 Causes of Tooth Discoloration

While cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers are extremely effective, they can also be costly and time-consuming. When it comes to tooth discolouration, prevention is often easier than treatment.

Here are the top 3 causes of tooth discolouration and how to avoid them:

1. Food

Teeth are made of porous enamel, which means that frequently eating certain types of foods can stain them over time. This includes dark-coloured food and beverages such as:

  • coffee/tea
  • red wine
  • berries
  • sodas
  • acidic juices
  • beets

But don’t worry! This doesn’t mean that you have to cut out your favourite foods or drinks, but rather make sure you enjoy them in moderation. In addition, remember to rinse your mouth out with water after each meal, and brush your teeth twice a day.


2. Poor Oral Hygiene

While certain habits such as smoking and heavy drinking, in addition to poor nutrition, can contribute to teeth discolouration, poor oral hygiene makes your teeth more vulnerable and change colour very quickly.

Practising proper oral health care habits will not only help you maintain your overall and dental health but will also ensure your teeth stay pearly white.


3. Medical Conditions

Sometimes, discoloured teeth aren’t just the product of an easy-to-fix habit but rather the symptom of a larger, more serious medical issue. Numerous ailments, diseases, and conditions can often express themselves physically in the formed of darkened or dull tooth enamel.

This includes conditions such as:

  • liver disease
  • sickle cell disease
  • eating disorders
  • metabolic abnormalities
  • rickets

Pregnancy can also affect the soon-to-be mother’s teeth as frequent vomiting associated with morning sickness has been proven to erode tooth enamel.

Oral Health Tips For Mothers-To-Be


Teeth Whitening at Marlborough Dental Clinic

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures worldwide. At Marlborough Dental Clinic, we use the advanced Britesmile Teeth Whitening System to significantly whiten your teeth in just one treatment.

How it works

Britesmile Teeth Whitening consists of a whitening gel that is activated by a special blue light to effectively brighten your smile. Unlike traditional teeth whitening methods, you don’t have to take any trays or gels home, resulting in a quick and hassle-free treatment.


This cosmetic dentistry treatment will take approximately 60 minutes and you’ll see a significant change in just one appointment!

How many appointments do I need?

This depends on the extent of discolouration of your teeth. While you’ll see an obvious improvement in a single visit, you may need additional treatments to achieve your desired shade.

Tips for Preventing Tooth Discoloration

  1. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day
  2. Avoid or limit dark coloured food and beverages that cause stains
  3. Rinse your mouth with water after each meal
  4. Stop smoking or chewing tobacco
  5. Use over-the-counter teeth whitening strips or visit your dentist for in-office teeth whitening treatments (In-Office Vs Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening)
  6. Visit your dentist every six months for teeth cleanings and/or checkups


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To find out more about our cosmetic dentistry services, including teeth whitening and veneers, contact our Calgary dental clinic today at 403-248-2066 or fill in our online contact form.

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