I’m wondering if you can help me understand if the situation with my teeth is an urgent reason to see a dentist. I don’t think it’s an emergency, though. In June last year, I noticed brown stains on my teeth. I schedule an appointment with my dentist, and after the exam, he recommended teeth whitening. I didn’t get the whitening right away because I began to wonder if something internal is causing the stains. I saw my naturopath doctor, Maggie. She says that the stains are from excess fluoride. Although I don’t use fluoride, the county I live in adds it to the water, but I drink bottled water. I recently looked at the bottled water that I drink, and it contains fluoride. From what I understand, green tea, which I drink daily, contains fluoride too. So I thought maybe I’ve had excessive fluoride intake. Can you recommend brands of bottled water or a house filtration system? And a cosmetic dentist? Thanks. Jan
If you take in excess fluoride as a child and your teeth are still forming, dental fluorosis can result. It makes your tooth enamel look blotchy. Sometimes, the spots are brown. But the intake of fluoride as an adult doesn’t result in fluorosis stains. If your stains are recent, they aren’t related to fluoride.
We are puzzled as to why your dentist can’t remove or conceal the stains. Depending on the type of stains, there are ways to remove them.
Internal stains – Pigments from food and drinks get absorbed by your teeth. Internal stains are even and affect an entire tooth. Tea can darken your teeth and cause dark stains. But bleaching gel can break down embedded stains and remove them
External stains – Your dentist can polish off surface stains. Also, Supersmile toothpaste works because it removes the protein pellicle on your teeth and the stains that stick to it. External stains are irregular and usually appear around the gumline and spaces between teeth.
Teeth Bleaching vs. Dental Bonding
Although some dentists might recommend dental bonding, it’s not necessary. And it requires an expert cosmetic dentist to provide smooth, seamless results. Bleaching is less expensive, no dental materials will be attached or bonded to your teeth, and most general dentists offer teeth whitening services. Bleaching will brighten your entire smile and make it look younger.
Is Dental Care for the Stains Urgent?
The stains you describe seem to come from your tea drinking. You need urgent dental treatment in cases of trauma, pain, or damaged restoration, but treating the stains in your teeth is not harmful to your oral health. A dentist will examine your teeth first to confirm the causes of the stains before recommending treatment.
This post is sponsored by cosmetic dentist Dr. Joseph Rota of Colorado Springs.