Black spots or stains on your teeth can be caused by a number of things, and while not all of them are necessarily indicative of major dental problems, you should still take them seriously until you find out more about what's causing them. In most cases your dentist should probably help you identify what the problem is, but if the problem is a result of something outside of your dental hygiene, you may want to see a doctor as well.
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Stains
If the marks on your teeth are stains rather than cavities or signs of decay, there are two types of stains, each with their own unique causes.
If your issue involves medication or your diet, your dentist may be able to give you some suggestions, but you should also consider seeing your doctor to discuss the side effects that your food, drinks and medication are having.
Active and Arrested Cavities
Dark spots on your teeth could be a sign of cavities, but not all cavities are the same. The difference lies in whether your cavity is "active" or "arrested."
While not all dark spots pose a danger to your teeth, you may still want to remove the stains if possible. Depending on the cause of the stain, the fix could be easy or take a little more work. With arrested cavities, for example, you may need treatment to remineralize the area, and if there is any hole, you may still need a filling to restore your tooth's appearance. Many stains, both intrinsic and extrinsic, can be helped by some type of cleaning. A standard cleaning often works, but in cases of fluorosis, you may get an air abrasion.
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21 September 2015
Being born with naturally soft teeth, I've spent a lot of time in and out of the dentist's office. Not only have I learned a lot about basic dental care, I've also discovered many tips for dealing with broken teeth, extractions, implants, and more. I decided that I wanted to make the most of my experience by sharing what I've learned with others. True first-hand experience is a great teacher, and I knew that my story could help. I created this site to do just that, and I hope that the information here helps you to understand what to expect from your dental problems.