Genetic Causes of Discoloured Teeth

Generally speaking, tooth discolouration can usually be put down to poor dental hygiene — or an over consumption of stain-causing foods and drinks. Taking some medications can also cause tooth discolouration.

However, there are some cases where the discolouration can be attributed to genetics. Conditions such as dentinogenesis imperfecta and amelogenesis imperfecta are hereditary and both conditions can cause discolouration. They can also lead to:

  • Weakened tooth enamel
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Fractures

Patients with these, and other, genetic conditions are more susceptible to dental problems and, once diagnosed, will require specialised treatment by a dentist to limit their damaging effects. Read more at