Yellow Teeth and Other Discoloration: Causes and Treatments


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How teeth turn yellow?

When it’s at its thickest, #tooth enamel is naturally white. Unfortunately as it is worn down it becomes translucent and starts to show through to the next layer of the tooth underneath called dentin. This dentin layer of your teeth has a naturally yellower tone to it, than that of the enamel that covers it. So the thinner your enamel layer becomes the more yellow your teeth will appear.

Top Reasons Your Teeth Are So Yellow

1. You’re Getting Older
As you age, the outer layer of #enamel on your teeth gets worn away, revealing the natural #yellow color of #dentin.

2. You’re a Smoker
Tobacco products, from cigarettes and pipe smoke, stain teeth. If you consume these products, your teeth will darken over time.

3. Certain Drinks and Foods
Coffee and tea are two of the most common causes of yellow teeth. They are full of tannins that promote teeth #staining and they are considered two of the most problematic drinks for teeth discoloration. Green tea is considered much less likely to cause problems and healthier as well, so making the switch to it could be a good thing to do for your future smile.
Drinks with high acidity, such as soda, juices and even sports drinks can cause staining on the teeth. The phosphoric and citric acids in colas and many other sodas, along with their massive amounts of acidic sugar, all wear down tooth enamel. Cola, with its ammonia based caramel coloring and significant acid levels is worse, even lightly colored sodas are acidic enough to damage the #enamel of your teeth. Recent studies have also shown that many so-called sports drinks have even higher levels of destructive acids than Pepsi or Coke.

Red wine is well known teeth stainer due to its deeply colored polyphenols and tannins. White wine is also a problem as its tannins and acidic nature primes your tooth enamel for staining from any other of the foods and drinks on this list if you have them around the same time.

4. Poor Dental Hygiene
When you do not routinely #brush, #floss and rinse your mouth to remove plaque build-up and tartar, this can hasten the discoloration of your teeth.

5. Genetics
sometimes, tooth color runs in the family. If one of your parents’ teeth is yellow, it’s likely that yours are a similar hue. Reddish brown, reddish yellow, gray and reddish gray are the four natural shades of otherwise white teeth, and this depth of color varies across a spectrum from light to dark.

One of the more common shade guides divides tooth color into four basic shade ranges:
A (reddish brown)
B (reddish yellow)
C (gray)
D (reddish gray)

Ways to Prevent Yellow Teeth

Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks When Possible
Drink Water immediate after eating those foods & drinks
Proper #Dental Hygiene

Do you already have yellow teeth? What is the solution?

Teeth Whitening
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An increasing number of people are turning to various teeth #whitening methods to get a whiter smile. If you already have yellow teeth this is the fastest way to quickly turn your teeth more white.
If you choose to use a teeth whitening product, you should only do so after consultation with a dentist. This is especially important for patients with many fillings, crowns, and extremely dark stains. A thorough oral examination, performed by a licensed dentist, is essential to determine if bleaching is an appropriate course of treatment. The dentist and patient together can determine the most appropriate treatment. The #dentist may then advise the patient and supervise the use of #bleaching agents within the context of a comprehensive, appropriately sequenced treatment plan.

Whitening Methods to Avoid

Home remedies like Strawberry or Lemon Paste
DIY teeth whitening kit
#Whitening #Mouthwash
ZOOM/Light/Halogen/LED/Laser Whitening

References:
http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/article/ten-causes-of-yellow-teeth-and-how-to-avoid-them-0116
https://www.listerine.com/teeth-whitening/causes-yellow-teeth

What Causes Yellow Teeth and How Can I Prevent It?


http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-positions-policies-and-statements/tooth-whitening-safety-and-effectiveness

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