While celebrities and models may sport pearly white teeth, the smiles of most people are a tad duller. But this shouldn’t be too surprising. A number of different things can affect the color of your teeth and turn them that dreaded yellow hue.
Number 1 reason why our teeth stain
“The No. 1 cause of teeth yellowing is lifestyle,” said Dr. Jatin Desai of Gipsy Lane “Smoking, drinking coffees and teas are the worst.”
Not surprisingly, other dark-colored foods and beverages, including red wine, cocoa cola, curry sauces have potential to stain teeth. These items are high in chromogens, pigment-producing substances with a liking for sticking to tooth enamel.
Acidic foods and beverages can worsen matters by eroding tooth enamel and making it easier for chromogens to latch onto the teeth. Tannin, a bitter compound found in wine and tea, also helps chromogens attach to tooth enamel.
Teeth can become stained through taking Antibiotics
During adulthood, chlorhexidine, an antiseptic used in prescription-strength mouthwash to treat gingivitis, can cause discolorations. Likewise, the acne-fighting drug minocycline, a derivative of tetracycline, stains teeth.
Chemotherapy directed at the head and neck and chemotherapy drugs can also result in intrinsic stains. Even relatively common drugs, such as antihistamines, Albuterol and blood pressure medications, can sometimes yellow teeth.
Too much fluoride
Excessive fluoride isn’t good for your teeth color, either. Fluorosis, the yellowing of teeth from too much fluoride, is a problem mostly in areas where the drinking water contains high levels of naturally occurring fluoride. Reading doesn’t currently as our fluoride level within the water is relatively low.
Similarly, your enamel thins as you age, making your teeth appear more yellow. This can also cause sensitivity problems in teeth. Brush twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, drink and book an appointment to see us if you are experiencing sensitivity.
Poor health can play a large factor in teeth colour. Yellowing can occur after suffering a high fever at a young age. Severe neonatal jaundice is another possible reason for teeth yellowing.
Prevention & treatment
The best prevention for yellow teeth is watching what you eat. You should also practice good dental hygiene and visit our hygienists. The most easily repaired cause of yellowing teeth is poor oral hygiene. Plaque and tarter build up appears yellow. Removing that build-up before decay sets in is critical to a white smile and healthy teeth. Having your teeth cleaned regularly will help prevent staining. Also, drinking through a straw can minimise the time the fluids stay on the teeth surfaces.
Should you not be happy with the color of your teeth, Please book an appointment to see us as there are a number of treatments that can be performed which could lead to a bright white smile!