Tooth And Lips Discoloration: Symptoms, And Their Causes
Posted Oct 05 2011 1:15pm
Dental health is one part of our health which we tend to neglect at times. The appearance of our teeth and lips play a major role in our over all appearance, they may either enhance it or diminish it. Having the perfect teeth and lips is a dream for all. Healthy looking teeth and lips enhance our smile along with overall appearance. Unfortunately, there are many reasons due to which the teeth or lips may lose their natural brightness and color. Tooth and lips discoloration is a common problem now days. It is more commonly experienced by those who smoke or consume large amount of tea or coffee everyday. If you have noticed a change in the color of your teeth hen you must make certain changes in your lifestyle to avoid further harm. The problem of tooth and lips discoloration is not alarming and does not pose any serious health concern; however, you must not ignore it and take steps to reduce it.
- The first sign is the presence of stains on the surface of the tooth enamel.
- The color of the teeth changing from white to slight yellow.
- Some people may also experience brown spots on the surface of the teeth.
- The dentin is visible as the tooth enamel has started wearing off.
- Gum problems take longer than usual to heal.
- Tooth decay is speeding up.
- Bad breath
- Inflammation in and around the mouth causing redness, burning sensation, itching and a lot of discomfort.
- Presence of substance similar to tar on the surface of the teeth.
Here are some of the most common reasons why tooth and lips discoloration happen:
1. Smoking: Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of tooth and lips discoloration. Smoking drastically affects the production of saliva in the body. Saliva is important as it sweeps the inner linings of your mouth and teeth, reducing the risk of decay. Smoking interrupts the flow of bile and leads to spotting and tooth and lips discoloration.
2. Tooth and lips discoloration due to certain foods: The first food that we all know causes tooth and lips discoloration is coffee or tea. However, there are many more foods or drinks which may cause discoloration. So if you are really concentrating on improving the appearance of your teeth and lips then must avoid red wine as well as chocolates. Certain fruits may also contribute towards tooth and lips discoloration such as blueberries, cherries and pomegranates.
3. Poor dental hygiene: People who do not follow a proper dental hygiene regime are more prone to tooth and lips discoloration. A healthy dental regime must include brushing the teeth twice in a day, flossing once and gargling with mouthwash after having some food. This regime is difficult to follow but if you do then you will have gleaming white teeth and glossy lips for long years. If you have noticed tooth and lips discoloration then try and improve your dental hygiene.
4. Having certain medicines: several antibiotic medicines cause discoloration of the teeth. Also, people undergoing certain medical treatments like radiation or chemotherapy may notice slight tooth and lips discoloration.
5. Genetics: Sometimes, you genes are responsible for the color of your enamel, is it bright white or a darker shade. People may experience loss of lip color due to hereditary.
6. Injury: Sometimes an injury may also result in tooth and lips discoloration.
In the next post we will discuss how to treat the problem of tooth and lips discoloration by natural methods.