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What are extrinsic tooth stains?

Extrinsic stains on the teeth are those that occur on the surface of the teeth. If you are concerned about stains on your teeth, talk to your dentist first. He or she can help determine if what you're eating or drinking is causing the extrinsic staining and can help remove them either by brushing with whitening toothpaste or by professional cleaning or whitening. 
Extrinsic stains yellow the surface of your teeth, and can be caused by eating certain foods as well as smoking cigarettes or drinking coffee. These stains can be removed or made less noticeable, either by brushing the stains well with a good toothbrush or trying an over-the-counter tooth whitening product.

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