Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?

Closeup of a beautiful brunette woman covering her yellow teeth with a green leaf

When you look in the mirror, we bet you’d rather not see that your smile is more yellow than white. The color of your teeth can make a huge difference in the attractiveness of your smile, not to mention it can reflect the state of your oral health too. The first step in preventing your teeth from turning yellow is to know what exactly causes that to happen. Let’s dive right in!

  1. Poor Oral Hygiene
  2. Not brushing or flossing your teeth as much as you should, or not brushing or flossing properly, can leave you with stained teeth and a buildup of plaque and tartar.

    What You Can Do

    Get in the habit of brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush with gentle circular strokes to clean both the inner and outer surfaces of your teeth. Remember to brush your tongue too! If you need more tips or instructions, contact our team and we’d be happy to help! Moreover, keep up with your biannual dental cleanings here at Summit Family Dentistry. Our expert team will clean away any accumulated plaque and tartar, leaving your smile squeaky clean.

  3. Tobacco Products
  4. It’s no surprise that smoking and chewing tobacco can leave unsightly marks on teeth. The tar and nicotine that are in tobacco are known for causing yellow stains.

    What You Can Do

    The answer is simple but not so easy to put into practice: give up tobacco! In addition to improving your oral health, there are many other reasons why it’s in your best interest to say goodbye to the substance, including for the benefit of your overall health and your wallet.

  5. Certain Foods & Beverages
  6. There’s a whole list of foods and drinks that can leave traces on teeth and cause them to become more yellow. Common offenders include tomato sauce, curry, balsamic vinegar, berries, coffee, tea, soda, and wine.

    What You Can Do

    You don’t have to give up these foods and beverages entirely, but you can take certain steps to reduce your staining risk. Rinse your mouth after consuming them and use a straw when possible.

  7. Certain Medications
  8. Some antibiotics, antihistamines, and other drugs can stain or darken teeth.

    What You Can Do

    Don’t just stop taking medications because you’re concerned about how they’re making your teeth look. Speak to your physician about possible side effects and see if there are other suitable alternatives for you out there.

We Can Help You Achieve a Whiter Smile!

At Summit Family Dentistry, we want to help you have a healthy, white smile that you’re proud to show off. If you need more assistance in figuring out why your teeth are yellow or if you need advice on how to get them to a whiter shade, please let us know. Our dental office also offers professional teeth whitening services that will make your teeth appear less yellow. Contact us for more information!

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