What Causes Yellow Teeth?
Each person is born with teeth of a certain color, much of it having to do with genetics. People’s teeth are naturally a variety of shades. Over time, however, certain habits can affect the color of your teeth. These include:
- Infrequent brushing: If you neglect to brush your teeth at least twice a day and get regular cleanings and checkups, your teeth can become yellow or brown due to plaque and tartar buildup.
- Smoking: Smoking causes brown and yellow stains to form on everything the smoke touches — the walls in your home, your hair, your skin and your teeth. For smokers, teeth whitening must be done regularly.
- Drinking coffee or tea: If you drink coffee or tea, you can significantly cut down on staining by putting milk in your beverage. Black coffee and tea stain teeth quickly.
- Drinking soda: Dark colas also stain teeth. To make your teeth whitening last longer, switch to clear soda or drink your cola with a straw, which helps the liquid bypass the teeth.
- Eating tomato products: Red, acidic tomatoes stain teeth easily, so pizza, spaghetti sauce and tomato juice are no-no’s.
Basically, any food that would leave a stain on a white shirt will also leave a stain on your teeth. If any of the foods or beverages mentioned above are your favorites, try to substitute a non-staining food or drink, or brush your teeth right after eating or drinking.
When you come into our Ocala, FL, dentist office for teeth whitening, the procedure takes about an hour. We apply the bleach to your teeth and then you sit under a special light that makes the product work better.
For those who prefer to do teeth whitening at home, we can provide you with a kit you can use yourself. At-home teeth-whitening kits consist of a series of trays with bleaching product in them that you wear for 30 minutes each night. After a week or so, your treatment is complete.
Teeth whitening works for almost everyone. However, if your teeth are stained due to medication you took, or medication your mother took while you were in utero, teeth bleaching will likely not help. In this case, you may want to look into getting porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin, tooth-like shells that cover your natural teeth.
To make an appointment for in-office teeth whitening at our dental clinic, or to arrange to come by to pick up at-home teeth whitening trays, call our Ocala, Florida, dentist office today. Learn More