Our teeth turn yellow naturally when the outer shell of dental enamel begins to weaken and turns translucent, showing the darker or more yellow colored dentin underneath. There are some habits that cause teeth to yellow faster, such as the following:
Drinking black tea and coffee—Naturally dark in color, the tannins in black tea and coffee easily stick to dental enamel. You might consider switching to green tea which may also be a healthier option. If you are thinking of brushing after drinking tea or coffee, wait at least an hour.
Using tobacco—Whether you smoke or chew tobacco, you are likely to have yellowing teeth, not to mention increasing your risk of numerous health issues. Try chewing sugar-free gum and drinking water after smoking to rinse your mouth of the byproducts of tobacco and smoke; brush at least three times a day.
Consuming soft drinks—Popular soft drinks such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Sprite contain large amounts of acidic sugar, citric acid and phosphoric acid. Together, they attack tooth enamel leaving it weak and vulnerable to discoloration. Even the sugar-free versions contain high quantities of citric acid which damage teeth. Switching to natural fruit juices or simply increasing the amount of water consumed each day will help protect teeth.
Eating candy and chocolate—With their high sugar content, flavorings and colorings, most candy bars and hard sweets leave both the tongue and teeth discolored after eating. Limit candy and sweets consumption and brush after indulging to limit the damage.
Eating sauces and condiments—When you eat curry sauce, ketchup and condiments such as vinegar and soy sauce, the colorings they contain can discolor your tooth enamel. If they are a regular part of your diet, try eating more steamed or boiled vegetables, such as broccoli or spinach, which help to strengthen tooth enamel and reinforce its protective coating.
If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Give our office a call at (248) 362-4330 and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.