My son went to basic training at Ft Leonard Wood MO in August. When he left his teeth were fine. He came home today and I noticed he has horrible brown stains on his teeth. He doesn't use tobacco products, he doesn't drink coffee and wasn't allowed soda in basic training. He said he brushed every day and wasn't taking any vitamins or antibiotics. What could have caused the stains and how can he get rid of them?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 07 - December - 2012, at 03:10 AM

  • Brown teeth stain can be superficial or temporary, embedded or structural. The treatment for such stains can vary depending on its severity and type. Such treatment can range from practicing a regular and more aggressive oral hygiene to undergoing dental cosmetic procedures.Regular drinking of tea and soft drinks can cause the formation of brown stains. Other stain-causing substances include vegetables and fruits like potatoes and apples. Generally, adequate and proper brushing using commercial toothpaste can remove this type of stain. However some stains require professional cleaning toothpaste designed for stain-removing or dissolving purposes. Nutritional deficiencies like deficiency of calcium, vitamin C, Vitamin D can also lead to discoloration of teeth.Without clinical examination, it is difficult to give definite diagnosis as to what is the cause of stains in your mouth. For more info on causes of tooth discoloration, you can refer to…

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