How I wish I could take pix for y'all, but my camera doesn't have the lens (though we tried). I was brushing my teeth last night and noticed that some of my lower teeth have brown stains on them - none of the buccal surfaces (I'm paranoid someone will see my teeth turning brown & say something). Like, the lingual surfaces of my lower left incisors, and the occlusal surface of my remaining left premolar. I've been brushing my teeth with a tooth soap (Rose of Sharon Acres' goat milk) and baking soda at other times (I ran out of my homemade tooth powder, a mixture of clay, baking soda, Sea Salt , peppermint oil).
These are pretty noticeable stains. I brushed with my Sonicare toothbrush trying to get those stains out last night & this morning, with separate soap & baking soda brushings, all to no avail. My teeth feel sparkling clean - and yet there are those weird stains. I don't know how long they've been there. They aren't exposed dentin - there's no sensitivity in any of these teeth, no pain, no problems...
I've been oil pulling in the mornings with castor oil. I did it this morning, and it made no difference in the stains.
Slight stains aren't new to me. My teeth have always been a bit yellow (my mom is very proud of having fluoridated us with tap water & dental treatments). I have a few very slight stains in tiny places on various teeth - some white, some darker.
This is weird, though. I don't know where the stain came from. I hope this doesn't show up in visible places on my teeth. I haven't had coffee in over a month, but I did have tea (organic kombucha). The only other thing that might have stained them is Floravita (liquid iron supplement). Neither of these has stained them in the past, though.
I have absolutely no idea what it could be, but I thought I'd tell you what happened to me once in case it's similar to you...
I had a major thyroid/endocrine crash and started gaining 21 kilos over 9 months. While the weight was piling on (despite me eating all raw, and very little, and exercising like a maniac), I went to a naturopath and came home with a box of supplements which I started taking. After a week or so my teeth suddenly got a horizon line of brown on the bottom, white on the top. All my teeth had it and it was so noticable, it looked like they were rotten or something, but they weren't!
It took about three weeks, but the horizon line kept lowering 'til all my teeth were whiter than before. No one has ever been able to tell me why this happened, nor has anyone I know ever heard of this in someone else, but it obviously had something to do with the supplements I was taking.
The only ones I can remember of the many he gave me were, barely grass, liquid zinc, a protein powder, Vit C I guess.... That's all I can remember but there were more.
Have you done anything different lately as far as supplements or diet are concerned??
Er...I've been taking magnesium, selenium (yeast-based, smelly tablet!), zinc, and vitamin C (calcium ascorbate with bioflavonoids). The floravital (liquid iron gluconate & herbs; has some B vitamins in it). I've been making my drink of apple cider vinegar (Bragg's), brewer's yeast (wheat-free), raw honey, and raw bee pollen. And iodine, which I stopped the other day to let my body have some rest. My diet hasn't changed much otherwise.
I think my thyroid is changing, though. Hot & cold body temp changes, sometimes sweaty, sometimes feeling cold. I've read about fluoride causing brown stains on the teeth, but these are new...coming out somehow? I don't know.
The discolored parts don't feel sensitive at all. My teeth & gums are feeling pretty awesome, actually. I've been taking pretty good doses of vitamin C...maybe 1000 mg in a pill, one a day? I guess I could take more than one a day.
i think Iodine stains tartar. oil pulling will help tremendously. a cleaning will then take care of it, i believe. i have similar stains, mostly from coffee, and since i have quit, a cleaning is in order. i will let you know how it goes. my last one cleaned everything up.