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Br Dent J. 2001 Mar 24;190(6):309-16.

Tooth discolouration and staining: a review of the literature.

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Division of Restorative Dentistry, Bristol Dental Hospital and School.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To carry out an extensive review of the literature on tooth staining with particular regard to some of the more recent literature on the mechanisms of tooth staining involving mouthrinses.

DESIGN:

Comprehensive review of the literature over four decades.

CONCLUSIONS:

A knowledge of the aetiology of tooth staining is of importance to dental surgeons in order to enable a correct diagnosis to be made when examining a discoloured dentition and allows the dental practitioner to explain to the patient the exact nature of the condition. In some instances, the mechanism of staining may have an effect on the outcome of treatment and influence the treatment options the dentist will be able to offer to patients.

PMID:
11325156
DOI:
10.1038/sj.bdj.4800959
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