How can I prevent tooth discoloration?

By making a few simple lifestyle changes, you may be able to prevent tooth discoloration. For example, if you are a coffee drinker and/or smoker, consider cutting back or quitting all together can help. Also, improve your dental hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly and getting your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist every 6 months.

If your teeth appear to be an abnormal color without ready explanation, the abnormal tooth color lasts despite following good oral hygiene practices, and if other symptoms are also present, makes an appointment to see your dentist.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 11/24/2012.


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