Causes of Teeth and Lip Discoloration:
Here are some causes of discolored teeth and lips brought on by smoking that you should know about:
- The reduction of saliva brought on by smoking. Because smoking reduces the saliva, its function in the mouth is reduced. Saliva is essential for cleaning the teeth and mouth lining as well as preventing the formation of decay.
- Because smoking increases the temperature of the mouth, a number of oral tissue cells are damaged and killed thus resulting in the discoloration of the lips.
- The blood flow to the gums is lessened because of smoking thus also cutting the supply of nutrients that are very much needed there.
- As smoking also reduces the Vitamin C levels in the blood stream, the gums are also deprived nutrients in order to be healthy.
Aside from smoking, there are also other causes that could result in the discoloration of the teeth and possibly the lips as well:
- Treatments for certain medical conditions like chemotherapy can also cause teeth discoloration.
- A number of diseases that could affect the teeth’s hard surface or enamel and the material underneath this, which is the dentin, could also cause the discoloration of the teeth.
- Stains on the teeth could also be brought on by washes and rinses for the mouth, which contain cetylpyridinium and chlorhexidine chloride.