Why Do Teeth Yellow or Stain?
Over time the natural white of your teeth can fade for many reasons. Most people are aware that things like coffee, teas, soda, and smoking can yellow or stain your teeth. Flossing and brushing can naturally eliminate some discoloration. However, even with the proper diet and lifestyle choices, yellowing can still occur.
Underneath your enamel is a layer of yellow dentin. Dentin is the hard, bony tissue that forms your teeth. Some people have yellowish dentin; others may have a blueish-gray color. As your enamel thins over time, dentin becomes more visible. Dentin itself cannot be whitened, so the shade of white you may want depends on how thin your enamel is. It’s important to consult with your dentist first to make sure you don’t create more damage to your teeth.
What Are Common Reasons Teeth Become Discolored?
- Injury to teeth
- Certain medicines or antibiotics
- Natural aging
- Poor brushing and flossing
If you’re worried about staining your teeth through food and drink, bear in mind that anything that would stain your shirt will also stain your teeth. Foods like soy sauce, chocolate, tomato sauces, vinegar, blueberries, beets, etc. will stain your teeth when eaten in excess. Drinks that are acidic, like sodas, or high in tannins, like wine, also stain. Most people are aware that red wine stains, but even white wine can affect your teeth color.
Please contact our Ellicott City dental office for more information about teeth whitening.