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Dr. William E. Virtue DDS, NMD
I have been going to Dr. Virtue's dental office for many years after going to many other dentists in the area with no sucess. This practice is the TOTAL EXPERIENCE! From the time in walk in until you walk out you feel that not only are you in the best hands but that you are among experienced, caring friends. Not only do they care about their patients but about each other and it is apparent from the first visit. If you are looking for a dentist I strongly recommend Virtue Dental Care in Yadkinville. It is worth trying. Bet you can't just go one time!
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Yadkinville, NC area dentist discusses causes and treatment of tooth discoloration
Tooth discoloration can cause people a great deal of embarrassment. Although discoloration or dulling of the teeth is a natural part of the aging process, other factors can contribute to staining. The good news is that many of them are preventable. How we treat our teeth plays a large role in their color. People who avoid stain causing foods, beverages, and lifestyle habits will enjoy whiter teeth. Additionally, good oral hygiene can help keep teeth cleaner and whiter.

People who experience extreme discoloration may have teeth that appear yellow, brown, or even gray. Discoloration can color the entire surface of the tooth, or may appear as spots.

Before a dentist is able to treat the tooth discoloration, he or she will need to determine if the stains are intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic stains appear as darkened areas on the interior section of the tooth. These include:

Medications – Certain medications such as tetracycline, antihistamines, and antipsychotic medications can cause tooth discoloration.

Dental Fluorosis – This type of staining occurs in children whose permanent teeth are still forming.

Injury – Certain tooth trauma such as cracks or fractures can cause darkening of the teeth, usually because of a dead nerve.

Fillings – Large black or brown spots on the teeth are a sign of tooth decay. Amalgam fillings may also cause the tooth to appear a grayish color.

Genetics – Tooth enamel naturally varies by individual and some people are born with teeth that are naturally darker than others.

Aging – As we age, the dentin underneath the enamel often becomes more visible, making teeth appear yellow.

Extrinsic stains are those that occur on the surface. They can be caused by the following:

Foods and Beverages – Dark colored foods and beverages can stain teeth if they are consumed regularly.

Tobacco – Both smoking and tobacco-use can stain the teeth and they can have other negative health impacts as well.

Treatment for tooth discoloration depends on the type. Teeth whitening is one option that can help drastically improve the appearance of stains. For discoloration that does not respond to teeth whitening (such as tetracycline stains), porcelain veneers are another option.

If you are in the Yadkinville, NC area and would like to find out more about your options for treating tooth discoloration, call us today to schedule your consultation.
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