Why Are My Teeth Yellow and What Can I Do About It?

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July 27, 2022

You check yourself in the mirror and notice that your teeth are a little more yellow than before. Tooth yellowing can happen even to people who have excellent dental hygiene. 

Tooth yellowing comes from many sources, and your genetics can play a serious role. Dental products and your dentist offer several ways to work against the yellowing of age and diet.

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Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?

Teeth turn yellow for several reasons, and different factors for different people may cause teeth yellowing.

Your Genetic Enamel Colour For Your Age

Genetics plays an important role. Some families have more yellow tooth enamel than others, and some tend to see more natural yellowing with age.

The Foods You Eat

it's well-known that certain foods, especially beverages like cola and coffee, can contribute to tooth staining. Berries temporarily stain your teeth, while daily coffee can cause premature tooth yellowing.

Your Choice Of Dental Routine And Products

Those who rinse after eating and drink more water are less likely to experience yellowing. Likewise, regular whitening toothpaste and other dental products can slow the process of yellow tooth enamel over time.

Medications

Some medications can cause tooth yellowing or discolouration and should be taken with care with the oversight of your doctor and dentist. Some antibiotics, antihistamines, and antipsychotic drugs are known to discolour teeth.

How to Protect Your Teeth from Staining

Fortunately, a few minor routine changes can change the course of your tooth yellowing and prevent tooth yellowing over time.

Avoid Staining Foods

You can choose to avoid staining. Avoid red wine, brown cola, coffee, tea, dark berries, and even lemons to reduce your risk of tooth staining.

Be Aware Of Your Medications

Talk to your doctor and dentist about tooth care with your current prescriptions. Be aware if any of your medications can influence tooth colouration.

Drink Water And Rinse Regularly

Did you know rinsing your teeth can prevent many diet and environmental yellowing factors? Just drink a glass of water or rinse out your mouth after each time you eat or drink to keep your teeth clean.

Brush After Meals And Snacks

Brushing right afterwards is best to prevent foods and snacks from affecting your tooth colour. Each time you eat, consider the opportunity to brush and continue your day with particle-free teeth.

Brush Before Bed

Even if you don't brush during the day, always brush before bed. Sleep is when bacteria and plaque have time to grow. Leave a clean, scrubbed environment, and you'll wake up with better oral health instead of worse after each rest.

How to Whiten Teeth That Look Yellow

What if your teeth are already turning yellow? Don't worry. Yellowing is a common concern, and there are solutions to help you safely restore your original tooth whiteness.

Use Whitening Toothpaste

Choose whitening toothpaste and other dental products. Whitening products are designed to help remove yellowing and staining from your teeth and discourage further yellowing when you brush every day.

Careful Use Of Teeth Whitening Gel

At-home tooth whitening is often done with plastic trays of tooth whitening gel or gel-treated whitening strips. Be careful.

The whitening gel is slightly caustic, can damage your enamel, and can be painful. Be cautious when whitening at home.

Regular Tooth Cleaning

Keeping your teeth clean prevents yellowing. But a professional cleaning can help you reverse the process. Yellowing factors are also removed by removing all unwanted particles and plaque from your mouth.

Professional Whitening

A dentist can help you with professional whitening products that will be safer and more effective than DIY gel in dental trays at home.

If you are concerned about tooth yellowing, know that this is an everyday occurrence and many possible solutions exist. Contact us today to consult on tooth whitening and yellowing prevention with your local dentist.

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