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Posted by: finnman1  (8 years ago)
So, nevermind the rot between my two front top teeth. I was raised with bad dental habits and I made the positive decision to change about a year ago. I am a smoker and pop drinker. I do brush after pops most times now.

My question is, in the picture,what is the really white portions called? Theres just a few small ones.

Also, The brown spots/stains? near my gums; should I be okay with scraping that crap off with a metal tool of some sort if I take caution?

Thanks!
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So, nevermind the rot between my two front top teeth. I was raised with bad dental habits and I made the positive decision to change about a year ago. I am a smoker and pop drinker. I do brush after pops most times now.

My question is, in the picture,what is the really white portions called? Theres just a few small ones.

Also, The brown spots/stains? near my gums; should I be okay with scraping that crap off with a metal tool of some sort if I take caution?

Thanks!


The brown spots are decalcified areas (typical of soda drinkers) which have picked up stain, probably from smoking. As to the white areas, they are not that clear. Typically decalcified enamel around cavities has a chalky white appearance.
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Posted by: finnman1  (8 years ago)
I see. That makes sense. I was told the Phosphoric acid in the soda speeds up the process with bad brushing habits. Is it the case that it would be feasable to possible scrape the top layer off if I was to stop soda and smoking use? (i.e. prevent the return)

Do the stains penetrate deeply usually? Would I run into any issues?
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Posted by: amelyluyanda  (8 years ago)
Whitening kits are too expensive, you can go for home remedies or else consult with dentist who can clean your teeth with their available kits. If the teeth are not damaged more, you can try out whitening toothpaste.

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