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Dear XXXXX1059,Teeth turn brown due to factors that can be broadly divided into two categories: extrinsic stain and intrinsic stain. Extrinsic stain results from a deposit of foreign matter on the tooth surface, such as tobacco, coffee, or tea stain; intrinsic stain is the result of changes in the color of the tooth structure itself.Proper management of extrinsic stain involves a combination of attention to diet, refinement of oral hygiene technique, and perhaps regular professional cleanings by your dentist.Treatment of intrinsic stain involves management of the causative factor, or cosmetic augmentation with either whitening agents or placement of dental restorations-- either porcelain veneers or crowns. In some cases, intrinsic stain is a result of tooth decay, which also must be treated to prevent structural damage to the tooth or teeth.Your dentist can determine the specific type of stain that is affecting your teeth, and prescribe an appropriate means of management.
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