Causes and Treatments for Yellow Teeth
Stained, discolored teeth are unsightly, and yellow teeth can be aging. Although only teeth whitening treatments can help restore a whiter, brighter smile, understanding the root causes of your stained teeth can help you reduce future staining.
- 1. Poor dental hygiene - Plaque that is not regularly removed from the teeth and the gumline hardens into plaque - a hard, mineralized substance. Tartar obscures the natural color of teeth and can harm the enamel. Not brushing regularly also allows superficial stains to accumulate and discolor teeth.
- 2. Aging - Discolorations can be a natural part of the aging process. As enamel wears down, the dentin layer beneath it can become more obvious. Dentin may be yellow, brown or gray colored and can show through the thinning enamel.
- 3. Personal habits - Smoking is a top cause of discolored teeth, but it is not the only one. Coffee, soda, energy drinks, tea, wine and other brightly or deeply colored beverages and foods can leave hard-to-remove stains behind on your teeth.
Good dental hygiene is one of the best ways to combat staining. Brush twice daily, floss daily and visit our dentist for professional cleanings twice a year. Use a straw to drink staining beverages, and rinse your mouth with water after consuming them. Professionally supervised whitening treatments can also combat stains and boost the natural beauty of your smile.