Stained Teeth

Your teeth can get stained or change color because of surface stains or due to changes in the tooth structure. The three types of stains are intrinsic stains (stains below the surface of the tooth), extrinsic stains (stains on the surface of the tooth), and age-related stains. Depending on the type, stained teeth can be treated with dental scaling or bleaching.

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What can be done for the permanent stains on my teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have these terrible permanent stains on my teeth that literally will not go away. They are very noticeable on my two front teeth and on another tooth, and also on my back teeth as well. I brush my teeth every morning and night for a good two to four minutes or more times when they st...  Read Full »


Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern about the stains in your teeth as it really affects the confidence of a person. Stains can be caused due to a number of reasons both intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic stains can be caused due to internal factors like a few medicines, genet...  Read Full »

Innermost teeth on bottom row seem to be rotting away. What exactly is happening?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sensed my gums swelling up on the inside for a while and when I took a picture of it today, I saw my two innermost teeth on the bottom row seem to be rotting away. I wanted to understand what is happening to me before I go to a dentist.  Read Full »


Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). These are the wisdom teeth and they have stains mostly because of smoking. There is no evidence of clinical cavity as for now, but can be confirmed after stain removal (scaling) and a clini...  Read Full »

My teeth and gum color have significantly changed, and I am worried. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, Over the last four months, I have noticed a significant change in the overall health of my teeth. I am concerned about it as I first noticed that the tips of my teeth had turned grey. It was distinct from the other teeth, making it stand out. This only affected the tip and the area near t...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I looked over the image (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). I want to reassure you that the change in the color of your teeth is nothing to be concerned about. Brushing too hard for an extended period causes enamel loss...  Read Full »

What are the options to whiten teeth, which are brown due to high chlorine in the water?

Query: Hi doctor, I am trying to make my teeth white. I am brushing my teeth twice a day. But it is not working. My region has high chlorine in water and so I have brown teeth. What is the solution?   Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The brown appearance of teeth is not related to stains or plaque. There is actual chipping of enamel showing a brown dentin layer. This condition is referred to as enamel hypoplasia. If anyone in your family has this similar condition, then it is known as amelogenesis i...  Read Full »

How do I get rid of yellow stains on my teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have yellow stains in my teeth. I feel very bad before others. This problem has been there since childhood. I have attached the pictures of my stained teeth. Please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is a permanent discoloration which cannot be removed by normal means like dental scaling. It needs a treatment called lamineering of the front 4 or 6 teeth as required. In...  Read Full »

Is teeth whitening effective with a home kit or a dental office whitening procedure? Please clarify.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a few questions regarding teeth whitening. 1. Does teeth whitening work? 2. Can a home kit be effective? And which one can be used? 3. Can teeth whitening be done in the dental office? 4. What can be done to make it work effectively? Kindly answer the query as elaborately as p...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Teeth whitening kits at home work a little, and you will get minimal whitening effects. But professional teeth whitening gives excellent results, but the problem is retaining the whiteness. Certain habits like drinking tea, coffee, smoking, eating spicy foods, etc., res...  Read Full »

Why do the black stains recur on the inner side of my teeth even after treatment?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had black spots in the inner portion of my teeth for the past two years. I consulted a dentist and removed the black stains last year. But now it is spreading again. I brush twice daily and maintain oral hygiene. My cousins also have the same issue, but they are not bothered. But I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Sometimes our saliva and breath have too much chromogenic bacteria, which stains the teeth. Follow the below steps;1. Brush twice daily after food. Make sure you reach all the tooth surfaces while brushing.2. Use an anti-stain mouthwash daily before sleep.3. Avoid sodas,...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for black tooth decay?

Query: Hello doctor, My teeth are black. It looks like it is in the starting stage of tooth decay. I do not want to lose any teeth. Please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Subha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Black spots on the teeth are indicative of initial stages of teeth decay. But you need not worry since this stage is repairable. There are no chances of losing your teeth at this stage. For healthier teeth and to prevent tooth decay try to follow these suggestions: ...  Read Full »

I have a tooth with small stains next to the filled tooth. Are they cavities?

Query: Hi doctor, I have attached the photos of my teeth. The tooth, which is next to the tooth with a filling, has some small stains. What are these little stains? Are they cavities? This tooth often feels sensitive and at times hurts when I floss if I have food stuck between my teeth. I am on birth contr...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The stain does not seem to be a cavity by seeing the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Sensitivity and pain while flossing seems to occur due to the deep filling and food impaction between those teeth. Also, the two metal filling are ...  Read Full »

How to whiten my teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, My teeth have become totally yellow. Even whitening toothpaste does not work. I tried to clean them myself but, failed. What products can I use or how can I clean it myself without visiting a dentist?  Read Full »


Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your complaint and seen the picture attached to it (attachment removed to protect patient identity).  It looks like a case of stains with calculus, which is known in layman's terms as tartar. This can be due to many reasons. For example, not maint...  Read Full »

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