Causes of Teeth Discoloration and What You Can Do About It

We know you love that rich dark cup of coffee in the morning, sometimes it’s the thing that gets you out of bed. Then there is that favorite Italian red you must pair with eggplant parmesan. We understand the predilection, but do you understand these two must haves wreak havoc on your teeth? You have most likely noticed your teeth are not as pearly or white as they used to be. Let’s consider the many causes of teeth discoloration and what you can do about it.

Man drinking coffee.

Teeth-Staining Foods and Drinks

There aren’t many people who will completely ban coffee from their mornings. Coffee and red wine are just two things we enjoy that affect the color of our teeth. Since we have started down this path, we can look at all the foods and drinks that cause teeth discoloration. You might be surprised.

Thinking you will switch to white wine won’t help, as it also stains teeth. Dark soda, tea, fruits like blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, apples, and beets all have staining agents. Tomatoes and tomato products mixed with red wine are a double whammy. Keep in mind: anything that will stain your clothes will stain your teeth. 

Getting Older Strikes Again

Sorry to report that aging makes our teeth turn all shades of yellow. There’s one of a thousand reasons why you shouldn’t get older. If you figure out how to do that, let us know.


Chewing it or smoking puts you not only at a higher risk of gum disease, but it boosts that dark yellow color.

Poor Dental Hygiene Causes Teeth Discoloration

Not brushing and flossing as recommended is the worst of the reasons for tooth discoloration. This is easily corrected, and doesn’t cost anything.

Certain Illnesses and Medications

Your tooth enamel can be worn down by conditions like liver disease, calcium deficiency, GERD, eating disorders, and celiac disease.

Medications include the following:

  • Antihistamines
  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotic medications
  • Drugs for high blood pressure
  • Chemotherapy
  • Head and neck radiation

Let’s face it, some things you can control and others you cannot. Genetics is another uncontrolled variable that can leave you with beautiful white teeth your whole life, or the opposite.

If you suffered an accident, it may have injured your enamel causing discoloration.

What Can You Do About Discolored Teeth?

As mentioned already there are certain things you can’t change, but there are some modifications that can help.

Cut back on coffee, dark drinks, red wine, and limit other foods that stain.

Drink from a straw.

See Dr. Robinette in Hickory, NC every six months for a professional cleaning.

Quit smoking.

Make a Plan

The most proactive course of action is to visit Dr. Robinette and make a plan. Whether it’s an over-the-counter whitener, office whitening kit for home, a professional in-office procedure, or just tips to improve your smile, our friendly dental professionals are ready to help.

Contact Dr. Robinette at 828-267-065 for an appointment to improve your discolored teeth.