Black teeth can result from tooth decay, staining, tartar buildup, certain medications, or foods and drinks that leave black pigment.
What makes your teeth look white?
White tooth color comes from the quantity of calcium found in tooth enamel, which is the outer layer of your teeth.
According to Medical News Today, as people age, teeth can generally become more yellow or gray, but when a tooth turns black, dental treatment is urgent.
Enamel Damage can result in black teeth
Decay or cavities are the most common reason for teeth turning black. When the pulp becomes infected, the black color begins inside the tooth and works its way to the surface. The black appearance often starts as a few dark spots, but when left untreated, the whole tooth can turn black. Turning black is usually a gradual transformation that begins with brown or gray spots or small dots of black near the gum line.
An injury to the mouth can damage the tooth so badly that it dies, in which case the tooth may also turn black.
Tartar and Stains
Tartar that develops on the outside of the molars or inside the front teeth can build up stains and erode holes in the teeth and make them look black.
Certain foods stain teeth, and particular foods to avoid include:
- Black tea
- Red wine
- Tobacco products
Brushing twice a day and flossing is a good preventative. A dentist can clean your teeth and scrape away the tartar buildup. Other options are filling cavities or in some instances, getting a root canal and crowning a tooth. When the tooth can’t be saved, extraction may be necessary.
Arrange a Visit and Find Out About Keeping Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
If you’re concerned about your teeth, our dentists at Hutto Hippo Family Dental can help you decide on the best treatment to deal with your problem.