What are the causes of your stained teeth?

Do you have stained teeth? The question you may not be asking, is why? Even having your teeth professionally whitened at Distinctive Dental Care’s clinic, will only yield short term results, if the primary source of the stains is not identified and addressed.

Why Do We Have Stained Teeth?

The enamel layer on each of your teeth is composed of microscopic mineral crystals. While it might not look it at first glance, there are actually a lot of microscopic textures that stain particles can adhere to.

Certain foods like chocolate, tomato sauce, and dark berries contain high concentrations of staining compounds. If these surface stains are not countered on a daily basis, they can deeply saturate the enamel layer.

What Causes Teeth Stains?

  • Drinking dark beverages, like coffee, tea, and soft drinks on a regular basis, can cause significant stains. You can still enjoy these beverages, but you might want to consider drinking them through a straw.
  • The tar and other chemicals introduced by tobacco products can easily cause deep stains in tooth enamel. You should strongly consider speaking to your primary physician about finding the right cessation program for you.

What You Can Do

Using a whitening toothpaste when you brush your teeth, can reduce surface stains caused by dark colored foods between dental cleanings. A whitening toothpaste will help reduce surface stains before they can penetrate tooth enamel. However, you might want to try limiting your consumption in the future.

If you’re a smoker, beyond simply preventing staining issues, quitting tobacco can be very beneficial to your long term oral health!

If you are struggling to resolve your staining issues, you should call Distinctive Dental Care’s clinic in Prescott, Arizona at (928) 445-3181 to set up a consultation session with our experts in cosmetic dentistry.


What are the causes of your stained teeth? What are you going to do about it? Leave us your comments!