Home Health Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow and Natural Teeth Whitening Tips

Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow and Natural Teeth Whitening Tips

by Jasen Halvorson

If you feel no matter how much you try, how many natural teeth whitening tips you apply (at home or in office), you still feel you have not achieved the right shade for your teeth then you must consider the following points to learn why this happens!

With increasing awareness, people have realized their smile has a major impact on how others will see you, interact with you and build relationships with you. A beautiful smile gives you the confidence you need to survive this world; be it your career, social circle or family.

Food and Beverages

Different dark colored food and beverages can not only affect, but increase the extrinsic stains on your teeth regardless of the fact that the tooth enamel is a very hard and rough surface for stains to develop on. Beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, colas, dark sauce and fruits like berries, grapes, and pomegranates all contribute to teeth discoloration. Tannin, present in tea and wine, enhances the ability of Chromogen to attach and cause discoloration of teeth. “The No. 1 cause of teeth yellowing is the lifestyle,” said Dr. Justin Philipp of J. Philipp Dentistry in Chandler, Arizona. “Smoking, drinking coffees and teas, chewing tobacco is the worst.” Thus, you must be having such foods.

Intrinsic Stains

Intrinsic stains occur within the tooth when various factors alter the light-transmitting properties of the enamel and the underlying dentin. There are many medications, taken during childhood and as an adult, which is a source of teeth discoloration. Antibiotics like Tetracycline and Doxycycline can cause teeth yellowing when given to children. For adults, chlorhexidine, an antiseptic used in prescription-strength mouthwash to treat gingivitis, as well as Minocycline, antihistamines, Albuterol and blood pressure medications can cause discolorations. Phillip states, “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, such as areas where people get their water from wells.” “Many dental materials can cause discoloration, specially amalgam restorations (silver fillings),” said Dr. Bruno Sharp of Sharp Dentistry in Miami, Florida.


“There are many reasons why some people can have yellowing of their teeth,” said Dr. Edita Outericka, the dental director at Dynamic Dental, a general, family and multi-specialty modern dental practice in Mansfield, Massachusetts. “The No. 1 reason is genetics. Dentinogenesis Imperfecta and Amelogenesis Imperfecta are two genetic defects that cause the teeth to develop improperly and could lead to discoloration. Simply put some people are more likely to have yellow coloring to their teeth.” Thus, it is apt to say that some people are generally born with yellower teeth. The color of teeth pertains to how to thick your teeth enamel is; someone with thinner enamel will show more signs of discoloration.

Thus, there can be many reasons why you may face teeth discoloration and the best way to prevent it is by avoiding highly staining foods and visiting your cosmetic dentist on a regular basis.

If you’re reading this, you would also love to whiten your teeth, if that’s the case, know some helpful natural teeth whitening tips

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