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Brown stains on the front teeth, maintain a good dental hygiene. What is the cause?

Hi. I have a problem. In between 6 or even more of my front lower teeth I have some brown stains. I do brush twice a day, rincing with mouthwash , and flossing. I went to a dentist . Got done my caveties. But I just mentioned to my doctor about those stains. I giot some speacial mouthwash. I have my next appoitment to do some cleaning. I would really like to know what is the cause of those brown stains? Thank you.
Asked On : Fri, 13 Jul 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Thanks for using the HCM. I am happy to address your questions, the dark brown/black stains you see are extrinsic (meaning on the outside) stains. They're caused most commonly by tobacco products and tea and with some antibiotics. These stains adhere readily to tartar left behind. You probably see it behind your front bottom teeth because that's where we humans get the most tartar build-up (due to salivary glands down there depositing minerals). So, since they're on the outside, and nice little scraping and polishing at your next appointment from your dentist will clean them right off. To prevent them, limit the tobacco/dark drinks and instead of brushing your lower front teeth with the brush horizontal, turn it vertical and brush the backs of teeth straight up and down. Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help. Thanks
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Praveen Tayal's  Response
Thanks for writing to us.
The brown stains on the teeth can be caused by taking oral iron syrups or some medicines like tetracyclines. Stopping the use of these drugs reverses the coloration of the teeth. You can go ahead with cleaning of your teeth.

I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal
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