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Why Does Your Dentin Darken with Age?

Posted on 10/25/2021 by Dr. Amy Nguyen
Why Does Your Dentin Darken with Age?Over time, the enamel on your teeth can erode and expose the underlying dentin. This part of the tooth, when revealed, can lead to dental sensitivity. It can also darken with the progression of time.

Why Does the Tooth's Dentin Darken?

It is not uncommon that teeth darken in older patients. It often is part of the aging process. After time, the enamel wears down, which exposes the darker dentin underneath. If you eat stain-causing foods or drink dark-colored beverages, such as cola or coffee, it will lead to further discoloration. Therefore, the dentin will darken or take on a grayish or yellowish cast as time progresses. This type of process can also lead to tooth sensitivity. Older patients may experience dental pain when they eat something hot or cold, or sweet.

What Can You Do About It?

Needless to say, many patients raise concerns when their teeth lose the whiteness and luster of youth. We may recommend several solutions for whitening the teeth or protecting the teeth from further erosion. If your front teeth have been affected, we may recommend bonding as a conservative option or dental veneers as a longer-term solution. In-office whitening treatments are generally suggested for younger patients who do not have as much dentin exposed.

Avoid Stain-causing Drinks and Beverages

If you have veneers or crowns placed over discolored teeth, you want to avoid drinking stain-producing drinks, such as wine or coffee. Wine erodes the tooth enamel, so you still have to be careful about drinking it with veneers, as it can affect the tooth beneath the restorations. You also want to reduce the amount of coffee you drink. If you do drink the beverage, use a straw and add milk to neutralize the color. Using a straw will direct the beverage toward the back of the mouth, away from the front teeth.

Are you interested in getting a brighter and whiter smile? If so, we can help you realize your dental goals. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for a cleaning and exam.

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