White teeth are very desirable and most people see white teeth as a sign of beauty. As an adult, you will still have dental problems including your teeth getting stained or yellow. Maybe you’ve looked through recent pictures and noticed that your teeth aren’t as white as they once were.
How do Your Teeth get Stained?
Enamel which is the outer layer on your teeth, and also what protects them. Healthy enamel is generally yellow, and bacteria and tartar wear down your enamel, and if you aren’t brushing or taking care of your teeth like you should then enamel gets thinner. Under the enamel of your teeth, there is dentin and if that starts to show, then it’s coloring comes out. Dentin is a yellowish color which is why your teeth won’t appear to be as white.
There are a few things you can do stay away from to help your enamel stronger and to help protect your teeth which in turn will help them get back to their white coloring.
Food/Drinks can Cause Tooth Discoloration
Coffee, dark teas, dark sodas like Coke, and even certain fruits/vegetables like apples and potatoes can stain your teeth.
This is something that will negatively affect your oral health. It will not only wear down your enamel on your teeth and cause them to stain, but it also puts you at a higher risk of developing oral cancer.
Poor Dental Health/Hygiene
If you aren’t brushing or flossing on a regular basis and rinsing with a mouthwash that will help remove plaque and tartar buildup then your teeth’s coloring could be turning yellow. Taking care of your oral health will also help reverse the effects of the food and drinks you are eating.
If you are concerned about your teeth’s coloring and don’t know what else to do – South Boston Family Dental has options for you. We offer our Glo Whitening treatment which will help get your teeth their whitest. For more information, contact us today at 617-268-5638. We can wait to help you get a smile you are proud of.