Celebrities flaunt a pearly white smile, and it is attractive. We all want one of those smiles, but we observe that our teeth are yellow compared to theirs. It is essential to look after the yellow stains on the teeth.
Here are 10 reasons why teeth turn from white to yellow.
Poor Oral Hygiene: This cause is common and seen in everyone. Poor deposition of plaque and tartar are the cause of the teeth turning yellowish-brown that sticks on the surface of your teeth. Such deposition appears when people don’t brush regularly or properly or have worse oral hygiene. It will result in the development of gum diseases and cavities.
Food and drinks: Turmeric is an Indian spice powdered substance used in every Indian dish and even has a lot of benefits associated with it. But, this benefit of spice also causes yellow teeth. Other eateries and beverages like berries and soy sauce also lead to yellowing of teeth. Drinks like sodas, coffee, tea, and even wine slowly spoil the enamel and seep into the inner tubules, thus causing the teeth to stain.
Smoking is the highest prone habit that results in yellow-brownish teeth. It may also build up tartar on the teeth, Which is difficult to remove. This poor deposition of the plaque and calculus (tartar) also affects the enamel of the teeth, resulting in weaker teeth and severe damage like tooth loss and infections.
Fluorosis:Fluoride is good for teeth and strengthens them. But excessive fluoride can lead to a condition called fluorosis. Fluorosis can lead to yellowish or brown spots on your teeth. The use of excess fluoride in children may expose them to the damage to the enamel in children resulting in changing the appearance of the teeth. It is seen in children whose permanent teeth are still in a growing stage. Fluorosis leads to yellow stains on the teeth, and it becomes difficult to remove them from regular bleaching and cleaning.
Medicines: People with other health issues often take medicine for better health. Hence, antibiotics prescribed to prevent bacterial infections of the skin, intestines, respiratory tract, and urinary tract can lead to teeth staining. The staining of the yellow teeth starts turning dark brown as it starts exposed to light. It is tough to treat the internal staining of teeth since it affects the dentin, the layer below the enamel. If a mother takes Tetracycline antibiotics in the second half of her pregnancy or a child takes them before the age of eight, one might have permanently stained teeth.
Wearing of teeth: Teeth’ outer layer is called the enamel. Dentin is a substance present under the enamel and appears in yellow. If the teeth’ enamel is worn off, the teeth will appear yellow. This dentin explosion is difficult to treat with dental bleaching or cleaning.
Improper formation of the permanent teeth: During the growth of permanent teeth, the disorder may be seen in the tooth and lead to yellow teeth
Thin Enamel: Thin enamel (outer layer of the tooth) can lead to exposure of the dentin which has a yellowish hue and may make your teeth appear yellower. It might be natural or due to the wear and tear of the enamel.
Coffee, Tea and sometimes red and white wine can also lead to yellow stains on the teeth.
Grinding:Tooth grinding is an unconscious habit that can lead to wear and tear of the enamel and thus leads to teeth yellowing.
Enamel hypoplasia: It is a lack of enamel seen in children as children’s permanent teeth are not properly developed or formed. Hence, without no problem caused children to have yellow- whitish teeth on the teeth. Lack of enamel hypoplasia leads to an easy yellow stain.
Amelogenesis imperfecta: This is another problem that results in yellow-brown colour teeth. People having small, crowded, or discoloured teeth are likely prone to have Amelogenesis imperfecta and lead to damage.
These are major reasons for yellow teeth that can’t be get rid of by professional cleaning or bleaching treatment. But, other alternatives like dental veneers or crowns will save the tooth from erosion by bonding it with the natural tooth.
Food and drinks stain the teeth.
Example: Black tea, sugary sweets, red and white wine, brightly coloured sauces like curries, sweet chilli and tomato, brightly coloured fruits and vegetables.
Wearing off the outer layer of the tooth (enamel) due to acids in certain foods and drinks. The tooth when thickest is naturally white but as it starts wearing off, the second layer of the tooth(dentin) starts to show which is comparatively yellower.
This is one of the reasons elder people have yellow teeth. The longer you have your teeth the more they have the chance to wear down their protective white coatings.
Example: Drinks that wear off the outer layer of the tooth: Soda, Aerated drinks, sports drinks, etc.
To avoid yellow teeth one should maintain good oral hygiene & get regular dental cleanings done. One can also go for teeth whitening treatments or veneers.
Steps to avoid yellow teeth:
Avoid brushing immediately after eating the above-mentioned foods as the enamel may be soft after consuming these foods and brushing may worsen the case.
Have a big sip of water and swirl it in your mouth to clear the acids and staining compounds from foods.
Another option is to get more saliva into your mouth after eating and let it move over your teeth.
Soon it would become a habit for you to keep your teeth healthy and clean and white. If your teeth are already yellow, you can contact your dentist for teeth whitening procedures.
How to Whiten Yellow Teeth
If you start thinking more to invest in white teeth, there are many reasons for you to consider in-office treatment to at-home whitening treatment, that will give you white and brighter teeth and saying goodbye to yellow teeth.
Here are the following explanations about in-office teeth whitening treatment and in-house treatment.
Professional Teeth Whitening: Professional teeth whitening is the best choice to get white teeth. It is done by the dentist. The dentist uses a highly reactive chemical agent that gives white teeth. Special lights or lasers in this procedure are also used to enhance the teeth brighter. The professional treatment by the dentist usually requires 30 to 1 hour of the treatment. If the deposition is too much it may also require a lot of time.
At-home Whitening: At-home teeth-whitening treatment there are many options that include over-the-counter whitening strips and gels, both of which use a chemical agent called peroxide-based whitening gel. The results of the treatment at home last for twelve months or more than that. At-home treatment is comparatively reasonable.
It is also good and highly recommended to opt or consult a dentist for a whitening treatment because the procedure involved in it and material used is comparatively effective from the home- remedies.
How to remove yellow teeth?
After trying all the teeth whitening techniques at home, you’ll surely create a beautiful smile and white teeth. It is very important to practice good oral hygiene like brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash every day at least for two mins so that there is no deposition of plaque and tartar available on the teeth.
There is whitening toothpaste in the market or recommended by the dentist that will lead to having and maintaining your white teeth.
Moreover, it is essential to visit a dentist every 6 months to prevent dental problems. To book an appointment, click here
Dr. Ankita Gada Dental Director of Sabka dentist says "deposition of plaque and tartar may spoil oral issues and health too. Hence, taking precautions like teeth whitening procedure will help to improve the appearance of the teeth and make it brighter.”
Dr. Manan Dhulia Dental Director at Sabka Dentist says “It’s important to identify the root cause of your yellow teeth. Then it can be treated according to the reason.”
Dr. Zita Antao Dental Director at Sabka Dentist says “White teeth are considered as healthy and bring good impression among people. Hence it is worth taking steps to achieve whiter teeth.”
Dr.Ankita Gada is a dental director alliances with SabkaDentist. She is a highly skilled dental Surgeon and Implantologist with an experience of more than 10 years. She Pursued her BDS degree from Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai, and completed her PGDBA, Marketing from Symbiosis University, Pune.
She is a highly- skilled dentist in implants and planning full mouth rehabilitation cases. She is well versed with all the advanced technology and materials of dentistry that allows her to keep up with the constant changes in the field of modern dentistry.