Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?

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A smile is one of the ultimate signs of confidence, but many people are afraid to smile because they have discolored teeth. Even if you brush and floss regularly, teeth can turn yellow for a variety of reasons. We’ll take a look at some of the most common reasons why they do.

1. Food and Beverages

Some of your favorite foods and drinks, including citrus, berries, coffee, and wine, may be reasons why your pearly whites are anything but. These foods and beverages are all highly acidic, which means they erode enamel, tohe top layer of your teeth, making way for discoloration.

2. Medications

Certain medications, like antibiotics, can wreak havoc on your enamel and cause your teeth to turn yellow.

3. Genetics

Unfortunately, genetics can play a role in determining the color of your teeth. If your parents or grandparents have discolored teeth, you can probably chalk your tooth color off to genetics. You may even just naturally have weak enamel, causing the dentin, or yellow material under the enamel, to show more prominently.

4. Smoking

Smoking has detrimental effects on your overall health, including your oral health. Because it lowers your ability to fight against plaque bacteria, smoking allows these bacteria to wear down your enamel and discolor your teeth more quickly.

5. Fluoride

The right amount of fluoride is good for your teeth, but too much of it can actually cause brown and yellow spots. Talk to your dentist to make sure you’re getting the proper amount of fluoride. If you’re not, they may suggest fluoride treatment.

6. Injury

Chipped or cracked teeth may have damaged enamel, which gives teeth a yellow appearance.

Solutions for Yellow Teeth

No matter what the cause of your yellow teeth, there are solutions out there to whiten them! While there are plenty of toothpastes, whitening strips, rinses, and whitening kits available for at-home use, we offer quick and effective professional whitening services right here at Parkside Family Dental. All it takes is about an hour to have the bright, white smile of your dreams!

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