At some point in time, most of us have looked in the mirror and noticed that our teeth aren’t as white as they used to be. Even though we brush them regularly, the reality is that teeth can and will yellow over time. But, don’t panic! Yellow teeth aren’t always a sign of poor oral health and there are options to brighten your smile. Read on to discover some factors that may be contributing to the color of your teeth.
- Plaque & Tartar
One of the most common causes of teeth yellowing is plaque and tartar. When you slack on oral hygiene, plaque and bacteria from food and drink particles build up on the surface of your teeth. Over time, plaque will harden into tartar and leave a yellow coating on your teeth.
Certain foods and drinks contribute to teeth discoloration with repeated exposure. Do you eat a lot of candy, citrus, and tomatoes, or drink coffee, tea, or red wine? Furthermore, drinks that contain acids and added sugar such as soda and sports drinks can eat away your enamel — this reduces the whiteness of your teeth and leaves them susceptible to staining and decay.
- Genetics & Age
Did you know most teeth aren’t naturally bright white? if you’ve always had yellow teeth, it may not be your fault. Simple variances in genetics can affect your teeth coloring and enamel porosity. Enamel is the outer layer of our teeth that protects against staining and decay. The more porous your enamel, the more susceptible it is to staining. While some may be blessed with pearly white teeth, most of us have teeth that are slightly darker in shade and tinged with yellow or grey. Moreover, it’s natural for our teeth to become yellow with advancing age. Over time, our enamel layer becomes thinner and reveals more of the yellow dentin beneath.
Concerned About Your Yellowing Teeth?
If you’re looking for a brighter, whiter smile, give us a call to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry options. No matter the color of your teeth, we’ll find a solution to fit your unique needs. Schedule an appointment with us today!