Many people in America want a pearly white smile but often suffer from tooth discoloration. Tooth discoloration doesn’t always result from poor hygiene. There are many other factors involved, some which are within an individual’s control while others are not.
Most people’s teeth are naturally tinged with a yellow or gray, not pearly white. The color of teeth is largely dependent on the amount of enamel available, which is a blue-white color. Enamel is also translucent and shows the layer of dentin underneath, which is naturally a dark yellow and can give teeth an off-white look.
Not brushing and flossing can cause plaque to form, which is a yellow buildup that develops between the teeth and causes teeth to turn yellow.
Tar, nicotine, and other chemicals in smoke can seep into the teeth and stain the natural color of enamel. Chewing tobacco can also turn an individual’s teeth yellow.
Diet highly contributes to teeth discoloration; consuming coffee, tea, red wine, curries, tomato sauces, berries, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and beetroot all affect the color of teeth over time. Consuming sugary drinks, citrus juices and fruits, sugary foods, artificial sweeteners, white wine, and other alcoholic beverages also stain the teeth.
Certain diseases and treatments also cause teeth discoloration, such as neck radiation and chemotherapy. Certain antibiotics, such as tetracycline, doxycycline, and amoxicillin, affect the teeth as well. Even mouth rinses and washes like chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride can also cause teeth to stain.
Aging is a natural cause for tooth discoloration because over time, the outer layer of enamel wears off to reveal the layer of dentin underneath. Other natural causes involve genetics. If an individual has had yellow teeth their entire life, it could be because of their parents. Some individuals have thicker enamel than others, making their teeth naturally appear whiter.
Lastly, high fluoride levels in water, toothpaste, mouth rinses, and fluoride supplements, also cause teeth discoloration.
Fortunately, there are dental treatments to help with the appearance of teeth. It’s highly recommended that individuals get a dental cleaning every six months, which includes a scale and polish. A dental professional will remove any tartar build-up and then use specialized tools to polish the teeth. The most effective way to reverse teeth discoloration is to get professional whitening done at a dentist’s office. Dental professionals have the proper equipment for long-lasting results, such as lasers or LED lights with concentrated bleaching products.
At McBride Dental, we have advanced equipment and quality whitening agents to help patients obtain a bright and beautiful smile. Our treatment consists of a powerful whitening gel that is applied to the surface of the teeth. This gel lightens stains, discoloration, and yellowing. We create a specialized treatment plan for each individual after analyzing their teeth. We believe our patients deserve to have the bright smile they desire. If you, or someone you know, is interested in teeth whitening, call 760-471-1003 to set up a consultation.