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Are Your Teeth Gray? You May Have a Problem


Posted on 6/3/2024 by Lakewood Dental Arts
Close up of a beautiful smileWhen you look at your teeth in the mirror, are you happy with what you see? If you see nothing but gorgeous white teeth, that is wonderful. However, if you see gray or bluish discolorations on your teeth, it means you may have a problem. Here are some causes for grayish teeth.

Medication


Some medications can cause discoloration in your teeth. Sometimes, chemotherapy can cause your teeth to turn grayish in color. Also, if you were exposed to certain antibiotics as a baby or in utero, you also may have discolored teeth. Usually, pediatricians and obstetricians do not give women who are pregnant or young babies antibiotics, such as tetracycline, that are likely to cause tooth discoloration.

Trauma


If you had a blow to your face, such as when you get hit by a baseball, head-butted by your toddler when they are sitting in your lap, or if you fall, your teeth can experience trauma. One of the first signs of trauma to your mouth is if one or more of your teeth turn gray. When your teeth turn gray due to trauma, it is because your tooth is not getting enough blood flow.

Aging


As people age, they lose tooth enamel, especially if they do not use fluoride toothpaste or toothpaste that remineralizes their teeth. You may notice your teeth may look discolored or yellowish as well.

Tooth Decay, Infection, or Gum Disease


If you have a tooth or teeth that are gray, black, dark pink, or blue, you may be losing a tooth due to issues with tooth decay or gum disease. Tooth decay causes cavities in your teeth, and if they are not treated, the tooth will lose its blood supply and die. Bacteria also cause gum disease, and if you have severe gum disease, you may lose your supportive gum structure and blood supply, which can cause tooth loss as well. Tooth infections, which the same bacteria can cause, can also cause you to lose teeth.

Not sure what is causing your teeth to go gray? We can help. Contact our office today to set up an appointment.

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