Treating Yellow Teeth

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No one likes it when they have yellow teeth. It prevents many from smiling and can lower self esteem. If you know what the cause behind the yellow teeth is, you can treat it and prevent further yellowing.

Causes of Yellow Teeth

Natural Causes

As cruel as it can be, sometimes a person’s teeth aren’t as white as others are naturally. A tooth’s enamel is typically white, but the dentin layer underneath is yellow. If the enamel isn’t mineralized properly, it will be translucent, so the yellow dentin will show through. The only way to fix this problem is to talk to your dentist about advanced methods to whiten your teeth.

Aging

The older you get, the yellower your teeth will get, no matter how great you are about taking care of your teeth. As you age, your enamel wears down, so the yellow dentin is more visible.

Oral Hygiene

This really should go without saying, but just in case, bad oral hygiene will yellow your teeth. Not brushing, not flossing, and not visiting your dentist for regular cleanings will always lead to yellow teeth.

Eating Habits

Certain food and drinks will stain your teeth. Tobacco, whether you smoke or chew, will also stain your teeth.

 Treating Yellow Teeth

There are a few things you can do to treat your yellow teeth. Of course, the big ones are to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. You should also try to brush your teeth after consuming staining foods and beverages, such as soda and coffee. You can use over-the-counter whitening strips as well, found at practically every grocery store or pharmacy.

If you need more advanced whitening, talk to your dentist about it. Your dentist may be able to professionally whiten them with bleaching or possibly recommend porcelain veneers.

Whiter Teeth with a Healthier Diet

BroccoliLast week we listed seven things you can do to get a whiter smile. This week, we want to focus on how by simply eating healthy can help you keep those teeth white.

Eating healthy is important for your overall health, of course, but it also greatly affects your dental health. Eating healthy means you are supplementing your body with the right vitamins and minerals, which will in turn keep your teeth strong. As a result, it can help reduce your risk of cavities and your risk of developing gum disease.

So, what should your diet entail to help keep your teeth healthy and naturally white?

Drink Milk.

Milk contains calcium and potassium that excel at strengthening your bones as well as your teeth. When acids in your mouth naturally break down your teeth’s enamel, the extra calcium you consumed from milk boosts your body’s ability to repair the enamel and strengthen it to reduce how much wears down from acid.

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Why are my teeth discolored?

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We all want that perfectly white smile, but unfortunately, as we age, our teeth lose that bright luster we had as children. However, sometimes our teeth become markedly discolored, which is usually embarrassing and can lead to covering up or hiding your smile.

The most common cause of tooth discoloration is injury, such as falling or accidentally biting down on something far harder than typical food. When this happens, you most often know it immediately and can see the discoloration happen over a matter of hours.

There are other causes of tooth discoloration, and many can be easily solved by changing your lifestyle habits or scheduling a teeth whitening procedure with your dentist. For example, consuming dark foods and beverages consistently will stain your teeth. These include coffee, tea, red wine, dark chocolate, dark sodas, red berries, and blueberries, just to name a few. Smoking or chewing tobacco will also discolor your teeth, and often it’s worse than consuming dark foods.

Insufficient dental hygiene practices can also cause teeth discoloration. Not brushing and flossing often enough or properly can cause plaque build-up on the tooth’s surface, where it can harden and bond to the teeth over time. Now your teeth are not only discolored, but they’re also at risk for decay and cavities.

Are you taking any antibiotics? Some antibiotics can discolor your teeth (even your mouth!), and it should be listed as one of the medication’s side effects. The effect is often worse for children under eight years old.

How can I fix my tooth discoloration?

If your tooth discoloration is caused by any of the non-trauma factors, then it’s often relatively simple to correct it. For starters, cut down on the amount of dark foods and beverages, and of course, quit smoking or chewing tobacco. If you don’t brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day, start doing so.

Need to drastically improve the color of your teeth? Contact your dentist for a teeth whitening appointment. An in-office teeth whitening procedure is safe, takes relatively little time, and the results are almost instantaneous.

Adding Calcium to Whitening Gels May Lower Sensitivity

Teeth WhiteningWe’ve discussed here a bit how using whitening toothpastes can cause or worsen tooth sensitivity. To sum up, whitening toothpastes, by their nature, are abrasive to your teeth enamel, which can make your teeth more porous, thereby increasing the risk for nerve exposure. Increased nerve exposure causes painful tooth sensitivity.

A new study has found that whitening gels that contain calcium could reduce the risk the sensitivity significantly. In fact, half of the research participants treated with calcium-fortified whitening gel reported tooth sensitivity.

The study took 40 patients aged 18 and older and treated them in a dental office with teeth whitening gel, some containing calcium and some calcium-free. Both groups exhibited significant and equal tooth color enhancement after the procedures. However, 80 percent of those who had the calcium-free gel claimed to experience tooth sensitivity, while only 40 percent of those who had the calciumified gel reported sensitivity.

This study was limited to in-office whitening, obviously, but the implications are incredible. Since adding calcium to the gel did not affect the whitening effects, it’s possible that calcium could similarly be added to whitening toothpastes to minimize the abrasive effects. It would be great news for both dentists and patients if dentists could recommend teeth whitening toothpastes to their patients without worrying about potential sensitivity problems.

Will My Whitened Teeth Stay White?

Teeth WhiteningTeeth whitening is undoubtedly one of the most popular cosmetic dental services. It takes little time, and most patients are extremely pleased with the results. However, it is important to understand that no matter how you whiten your teeth, whether it’s from over-the-counter treatments or a professional whitening with your dentist, your teeth will not stay permanently white.

Your teeth are naturally porous, so they will always have the ability to absorb stains from the foods you eat and what you drink. As a result, if you want to keep your bright, white color, you will have to whiten your teeth again and again. (Please note, before you consider repeatedly whitening your teeth, always talk to your dentist about it first to make sure you do not inadvertently harm your teeth.)[..Read More]