Why is it that I brush my teeth everyday and they are still yellow – it is very frustrating.
Why does this happen?
I try to take good care for my teeth:
That is a good routine and one that you should not give up under any circumstances! This daily routine will stand you in good stead and your dentist will be very proud of you.
So why do I have yellow teeth despite brushing?
You may just have naturally yellow teeth!
Just like the world’s population, every race and community have differing skin shades, eye color, and hair color. Our teeth also come in a variety of different shades.
If you have been following a good dental hygiene routine, it may just be that the natural shade of your tooth is less than a perfect white. Pure white is, in fact, a very rare natural phenomenon.
Even between siblings, the color will vary – one brother or sisters will be whiter than the other. It is simply a quirk of nature.
Genetics also determines the porosity of your enamel. The more porous your enamel is – the more likely it is to stain.
In most cases – yes!
You don’t have to live with yellow teeth forever. There are many ways in which you can whiten, lighten and de-stain your enamel.
First of all, you need to determine the reason why they are discolored.
Is it a quirk of fate?
Or are there other factors that come into play that you may not be aware of.
Let’s find out the reasons why they are yellow and what you can do to prevent it from getting worse.
There are though many factors that will influence the color.
If you are determined to address the issue of your teeth color, here are a few reasons why they could be discolored – besides genetics:
Some of these factors may be within your control, but others are not.
The ones that you can control are:
Smokers are more prone to having yellower teeth.
Why is this?
The nicotine, tar, and other chemicals that are carried in the smoke stain the natural color of the tooth.
Nicotine is known to become yellow when mixed with oxygen. When inhaled or chewed the chemicals settle into the small pores in your tooth enamel – thereby discoloring them.
Don’t be fooled – e-cigarettes still contain nicotine. So be vigilant.
Your diet may be the cause of yellowing too.
There are certain foods if eaten regularly can create yellowing of the tooth enamel.
Coffee, tea, and wine are particularly high in something called chromagens. These stick to your teeth and create staining.
There are other foods and drinks that are high in acids that can affect the decay of tooth enamel:
To help reduce the effects of acidic drinks or foods you can drink milk or plain water afterward. This will help reduce the acids eroding effect on the enamel.
Additionally, avoiding eating snacks between meals will allow your saliva to do its job and dilute the acids in your mouth.
If you have a dry mouth it is particularly advisable to follow the above advice. Drink milk or water after eating. Alternatively, brush your teeth gently to counteract the acidity.
It is pretty obvious that the more you use your teeth, the more wear and damage is created.
With age, the outer layer of tooth enamel is slowly worn away.
This erosion can reveal the yellow dentin underneath.
The thickness of your tooth enamel determines how quickly this occurs.
Medication taken in the long term or in high doses can affect the tooth color.
Drugs that may be prescribed for allergies, high blood pressure, chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and anti-psychosis are not good for your teeth.
Some of these medications include tetracycline, amoxicillin, and doxycycline.
Some nutritional deficiencies may change the color of the enamel. So will an illness that affects the liver.
Most instances of yellow teeth are reversible.
A whitening procedure is the answer.
There are many different methods available to you – both at home and provided by your dentist.
The cause of the discoloration of your teeth determines the time it will take to whiten or lighten them.
Teeth that have a natural yellow shade will generally whiten in about 1 to 2 weeks. That is good news is it not?
On the flip side – tobacco stains can take 1 to 3 months to whiten.
Teeth that have been affected by medications will take longer – anywhere from 2 to 6 months.
These time periods are only estimates. The results will vary depending on how bad the staining is and what method of teeth whitening you have chosen to use.
Here’s wishing you all the best in whitening your teeth and getting a whiter, brighter, better you!
There may come a point when extrinsic (external) cleaning and whitening will no longer work effectively. As you get older your teeth may darken with age. This happens when the outer layer of enamel thins making your teeth look yellow.
There are a variety of reasons why your teeth are yellow. Here are a few solutions:
Brush and floss often and effectively
Avoid foods and drinks that cause teeth stains
Get your teeth bonded (specially coated)
Use teeth whitening treatments at home
Visit your dentist for whitening treatments
Remove plaque build-up
Clean and floss regularly
Use whitening agents to lighten the tooth color. These include:
Not necessarily. Some people have naturally yellower teeth - this just comes down to good old genetics. It does not mean they are not as healthy as whiter teeth.
If you have yellow teeth due to staining from smoking, drinking, eating staining foods or from medication, this can generally be removed with whitening agents. The staining does not damage your teeth, but it can look unsightly.
Yellow teeth can be whitened by using the right product to combat the cause of the staining. In some cases, the teeth will look yellow as the hard enamel has been eroded away revealing the dentin underneath. Treating this will take a little more effort and seeing a professional is advised.