Do Teeth Get Yellow Naturally When They Get Older?
Posted on 6/21/2021 by Dr. J. Derek Tieken
Teeth will yellow if they wear down, and the dentin, or second layer of the teeth, is exposed. Therefore, they can become yellow naturally because of wear or exposure to acidic foods and beverages over time.
What to Do about Yellow Teeth
If you do not remove plaque or neglect taking care of your gums and teeth, the plaque that forms on them can permanently stain them. Therefore, it is essential to follow a regular dental care routine at home and see us for professional cleanings and exams. While yellow teeth that result from wear darken over time, yellow teeth caused by food stains can be professionally cleaned and whitened to improve their appearance. If your dentin is exposed, we can place veneers or crowns on the teeth to enhance their appearance.
Being Careful About What You Eat and Drink
You can also minimize staining and discoloration by eating and drinking foods that do not cause stains. Dark-colored beverages, such as coffee and cola, cause stains, as do foods, such as tomato sauce, berries, and condiments, such as soy sauce. Acidic foods and drinks also wear down the enamel, which leads to grayish or yellow teeth. The best liquids to drink to avoid stains or yellowing include plain water and milk. If you drink coffee, neutralize the color with milk, and use a straw to direct the liquid toward the back of the mouth. Always brush or rinse your mouth about 30 minutes after you eat or drink something. Do not clean your teeth right away, as doing so can increase the chance of erosion.
While you can get an in-home whitening kit to lighten your smile, it is better to see us and have us assess the reason for tooth stains and discoloration. If you choose to get an in-office whitening treatment, we can monitor the procedure and ensure it is done safely and correctly.
Would you like to know more about whitening and brightening your smile? If so, give us a call today to find out more about your options.
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