Having yellow teeth affects your appearance and overall self-esteem. In a society obsessed with good looks and blinding white smiles, it’s no wonder that we have progressive treatments to whiten teeth and create enviable smiles. However, the underlying cause of yellow teeth is something to further uncover.
Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?
There are two related reasons why your teeth slowly turn from white to yellow. The first is more well-known: foods and drinks that stain. The second is less commonly known and it involves certain foods that are more acidic and particular drinks that wear away the enamel coating of your white teeth. There are worse offenders, such as smoking and genetics. However, what we eat and drink play the major role.
The Most Offensive Teeth-Stainers
Following is a list of the worst culprits for making your teeth go yellow. Not only do they stain your teeth over the long run, they are acidic in nature and can wear away enamel.
- Black Tea
- Cola, Soda, and Sports Drinks
- Sugary Sweets
- Red and White Wine
- Curry and Other Sauces
- Condiments such as Soy Sauce, Balsamic Vinegar, and Ketchup
- Fruit Juices
- Brightly Colored Fruits and Vegetables
Simple Ways to Prevent Yellow Teeth
You might be tempted to reach for the latest greatest solution for whitening your teeth. While there are professional treatments we’ll discuss ahead, there are also two simple ways in which you can help prevent your teeth from turning yellow.
- Have a sip of water after you’ve finished your meal or drink. Swirl it around in your mouth to clear away any acids or staining compounds.
- Actively try to get more saliva into your mouth after eating. Let the saliva move over your teeth. Saliva is a natural defense against enamel erosion, staining, and cavities.
Some people chew sugar-free gum after a meal to enhance breath and help release leftover food particles in the teeth. It’s a habit that can accompany the above two.However, brushing and flossing are the most important practices to protect against yellowing on a daily basis.
The Benefit of Teeth Whitening
Dr. Ang and his team at Amherst Village Dental offer signature whitening services that can enhance the luster of your smile. One appointment with his in-office treatment and you’ll feel good, look good, and your overall health will rise a notch. Your tooth enamel will get strengthened and cavity protection will be aided. When you’re ready to take the plunge, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ang in Amherst, NH.