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Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?

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Everyone wants a beautiful, white smile—after all, that’s a good sign of strong, healthy teeth. But teeth don’t just turn yellow because of neglect. In fact, there are many things that can wear down your tooth enamel, which gives your teeth a yellowed appearance.

  1. Certain Foods & Drinks
  2. You are what you eat! Some foods and drinks can wear down and stain your enamel. The main culprits are acidic foods like citrus, candy, berries, and even pasta sauce, as well as drinks like soda and coffee. Try to curb your consumption of these foods and drinks to prevent staining your teeth.

  3. Your Genetics
  4. No matter how much you brush your teeth, sometimes the color of your teeth is simply determined by your genes. If your parents or grandparents have discolored teeth, chances are yours are discolored for genetic reasons, too.

  5. Issues with Your Enamel
  6. Weak enamel makes the dentin, a yellow substance underneath the enamel, appear more clearly, causing your teeth to look stained. We all have dentin in our teeth, but it is the thickness of the enamel over it that determines how much of it is visible to the naked eye.

  7. Excessive Fluoride
  8. Yes, you could have had too much of a good thing! Although fluoride treatments and using toothpastes with fluorides are a great way to protect your teeth from cavities (not to mention drinking fluoridated water), too much fluoride exposure to fluoride before your teeth erupted from your gums may have caused spots on your teeth. Consult with us if you are concerned about exposing your own children to too much fluoride.

  9. Certain Medications
  10. Certain antibiotics, like tetracycline, have been known to cause stains on teeth. If you think that antibiotics are the cause of your tooth discoloration, speak to your doctor.

  11. Smoking
  12. Smoking causes surface stains on your teeth, among other serious health concerns! Cutting out smoking will greatly improve the appearance of your teeth, your breath, and your general health.

What to Do About Yellow Teeth

No matter the cause of your discolored teeth, know that you have your options when it comes to whitening them! From over-the-counter remedies to our professional in-office teeth whitening services like ZOOM® whitening and Opalescence® whitening, our team at White Settlement Family Dentistry would be thrilled to help you get the bright smile of your dreams. Contact us to schedule a consultation!

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