Is your smile not as white as it used to be? There are a few possible reasons why your teeth have turned yellow over time. In this post, we break down common habits that can cause yellow and discolored teeth, along with how you can brighten your smile quickly and safely at Precision Facial Esthetics!
- Smoking & Tobacco Products
- Poor Oral Healthcare
- Physical Trauma
- Too Much Fluoride As a Child
Tooth discoloration is just one of many reasons why it’s time to kick your tobacco habit to the curb! Smoking and using tobacco products is extremely damaging to your overall health, and your oral health is no different. Tobacco causes dark stains on your teeth that could be yellow, brown, or black.
Is your diet heavy in sugar and starches? Bacteria feed upon these and accumulate into a sticky yellow film that stains teeth. They also produce acidic byproducts that erode enamel. And as your enamel weakens, your teeth are more likely to look yellow due to the exposure of the underlying yellow dentin. Additionally, teeth can be stained by foods and beverages with dark pigment, such as coffee, tea, wine, balsamic vinegar, and tomato-based sauces.
Do you skip out on daily brushing and flossing and routine dental visits? If so, you increase your chances of developing yellow teeth due to the buildup of plaque and food debris. Consistent at-home and in-office oral care scrapes away the gunk and surface stains so you can maintain strong and bright teeth.
If you participate in contact sports, chances are you’ve been susceptible to or have experienced chipped or cracked teeth. Chipped or cracked teeth have damaged enamel, so it’s easier for them to become yellow over time. Be sure to get in the habit of wearing a mouthguard if you are participating in any activity where you might experience damage to your teeth.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps fortify enamel against tooth decay. It can be found in tap water, toothpaste, mouthwash, and even some foods. But children whose permanent teeth are still growing under their gums can develop a cosmetic condition called fluorosis if they consume too much fluoride. Fluorosis can appear as white streaks or even yellow and brown stains. To prevent this, children under three years old only need to use a rice-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste, and kids over three only need a pea-sized amount. Also, encourage them to spit their toothpaste out after brushing as soon as they are able.
How to Whiten Your Yellow Teeth
At Precision Facial Esthetics, we’re proud to offer safe and effective professional teeth whitening options. Whether you opt for in-office whitening or custom whitening trays that you can use at home, Dr. Sekhon and our team will help you find a solution that fits your needs and your budget. So if you have any questions about how to achieve a whiter smile, contact us today to schedule an appointment!