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.
Has anyone thought why do teeth turn yellow?
There are 7 reasons because of which teeth turn from white to yellow.
7 Reasons for Yellow Teeth
Yellow teeth not only affect your smile but also lowers your confidence. There are multiple reasons for this. Let’s look at a few:
Sometimes yellow teeth run in the genes of the family and if your parents have yellow teeth, you might have them too.
- 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 wear and tear of the enamel.
Smoking can leave yellowish or brown stains on your teeth.
Coffee, Tea and sometimes red and white wine can also lead to yellow stains on the teeth.
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.
Fluoride is good for teeth and strengthens it. But excessive fluoride can lead to a condition called fluorosis. Fluorosis can lead to yellowish or brown spots on your teeth.
Tooth grinding which is an unconscious habit can lead to wear and tear of the enamel and thus can lead to teeth yellowing.
Food and drinks that stain the teeth.
Example: Black tea, sugary sweets, red and white wine, brightly colored sauces like curries, sweet chili and tomato, brightly colored 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 drink, etc.
Moreover, it is important to visit a dentist every 6 months to prevent dental problems.
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.