If you’re unhappy with a discolored smile, there are quite a few reasons why you may have yellow teeth. Here are six of the top reasons why teeth turn yellow—some of them may surprise you!
Many foods and drinks can actually harm your enamel, making it easier for your teeth to stain. Acidic foods like citrus, candy, berries, and even pasta sauce, as well as drinks like soda and coffee, can all cause wear on your teeth over time. Additionally, sweet and sticky foods promote acid production since that is what plaque feeds on. Consider limiting your intake of these foods and drinks to prevent yellow teeth.
Fluoride is excellent for your teeth. In fact, it’s necessary to expose your teeth to fluoride in order to have a healthy smile. Fluoride from your toothpaste, drinking water, and mouthwash are enough to protect your teeth from decay. However, if you were exposed to excessive fluoride as a child before your teeth erupted from your gums, you may have stains on my teeth from fluorosis. Make sure your own children don’t swallow their fluoride toothpaste!
3. Certain Medications
Tetracycline and other medications have been known to stain teeth. If you think your medicine is the cause of your tooth discoloration, speak with your doctor.
Smoking is harmful to your health, and the toxins in cigarettes cause stains on your teeth. Moreover, because smoking suppresses your immunity, it makes it easier for plaque to develop on your teeth and release damaging acid.
5. Weak Enamel
Many of us just have weak enamel. This makes the dentin, a yellow substance underneath the enamel, appear more clearly, causing your teeth to look slightly more yellow.
Sometimes the color of your teeth boils down to simple genetics. If your parents or grandparents have discolored teeth, chances are yours are discolored for genetic reasons.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Teeth can turn yellow for a variety of reasons, but no matter what has caused your teeth to have a stained appearance, we have a few ways you can brighten your teeth safely here at Spanaway Family Dentistry. We offer take-home whitening trays, as well as KoR® bleaching that can whiten your smile dramatically in just an hour. We invite you to utilize these outstanding cosmetic dentistry services today. Contact us to schedule your appointment!