Stains are described as intrinsic, that is part of the tooth structure itself or extrinsic, due to an outside source, such as, tea, coffee, tobacco. Intrinsic stain is not removable. It may be altered by different treatments(bleaching and others). Extrinsic stains can be modified by altering lifestyle habits, better oral hygiene and more frequent cleaning at the dental office. Discoloration may also be the first sign of tooth decay, especially white spots(demineralization) or brown areas.
Stains can be unsightly. Extrinsic stains do not cause dental disease but are socially unacceptable. This has given rise to the huge growth in tooth whitening. Intrinsic stains are due to many factors, genetic, environmental(fluorosis), antibiotic therapy during tooth development (tetracycline staining). Intrinsic discoloration is more difficult to manage.
You cannot prevent plaque. Since no single method can eliminate plaque a combination of strategies is used to minimise its growth and harmful effects.
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