DR. JODY CREMER
THINGS THAT CAUSE YOUR TEETH TO YELLOW
Every year, people of all ages spend hundreds of dollars in an effort to get whiter teeth. Home whitening kits are readily available. However, the technique and materials used in a dentist’s office are more powerful. But, the treatments are more expensive. There are a number of reasons why teeth become discolored or yellowed.
Inadequate Oral Care
If teeth are not brushed routinely, they exhibit a buildup of plaque and tartar that causeÂ discoloration. Neglecting tooth brushing eventually leads to gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing regularly minimizes the problem.
Beverages and Foods TheÂ foods and beveragesÂ that people consume every day eventually discolor teeth. Coffee, tea, soda, and wine enjoyed daily eventually erode the protective enamel layer. The liquids then stain your teeth. There are many types of foods that also lead to yellowing. The list of foods includes tomato sauces and foods containing turmeric have a tendency to affect tooth color. Brightly-colored berries are another culprit. The acid content of the berries may also damage enamel, which hastens discoloration. Rinsing the mouth immediately after consuming suspect foods helps minimize yellowing.
Chewing or smoking tobacco releases the nicotine and tar of the products on the surface of the teeth. Over time, tar wears down the enamel and causes more serious staining. By damaging the enamel, the affected teeth also weaken, which leaves them susceptible to damage. Regular use of toothpaste designed for smokers helps keep discoloration to a minimum.
When teeth are exposed to excessive fluoride levels over time, they develop a condition known as fluorosis. The condition is displayed as permanent yellowing of the teeth, which is not alleviated by bleaching.
Some antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections are notorious for discoloring teeth. Tetracycline is especially known for initially causing yellowing. However, the staining progresses to dark brown or a grayish-black color. As the discoloration occurs in the inner dentine layer, the discoloration cannot be reversed.
Enamel Erosion Anything that causes enamel erosion increases the likelihood of deeply stained or yellowing of the teeth. Along with foods and beverages, tooth cleaning products may also be damaging. Abrasive toothpaste or homemade varieties using baking soda also causes permanent damage. Once staining infiltrates the inner layers of the teeth, the discoloration cannot be reversed.
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Dr. Jody Cremer discusses things you might be doing that cause your teeth to turn yellow.