Many people say they maintain their daily dental routine properly and thoroughly and still, they cannot get rid of the annoying yellow, discolored teeth. Is there any solution to make your teeth white once and for all?
There are several factors that cause our teeth to become yellow: genetics, food and drink we consume, aging, smoking as well as inadequate brushing and flossing. A tooth consists of four parts – enamel (the strong white covering that protects the tooth), dentin (supports the enamel and carries nerves), pulp (the center of the tooth, contains blood and lymph vessels) and cementum (covers the root of the tooth). The enamel and dentin play the biggest role when it comes to the color of our teeth. When it is thick, tooth enamel is naturally white. Unfortunately, over time and due to many factors, it wears down and starts to show through to the next layer of the tooth underneath called dentin. The dentin is naturally yellower, so the thinner your enamel becomes the more yellow your teeth will look. Some of the factors that cause enamel to wear off and leave the stains on the teeth are the substances of foods and drinks, such as coffee, soda and wine get into the enamel of your teeth and cause long-term discoloration. In addition to it, tobacco, some antibiotics, infections and improper metabolism can also contribute to discoloring of teeth.
Nowadays, there are so many options available for whitening yellow teeth: teeth whitening toothpaste, professional teeth whitening, etc. It is probably best to start by evaluating your whitening needs and goals by examining the color of your teeth and your habits that may have caused discoloration.
Here are some useful tips you might take into consideration:
- Prevention is better than cure: The best solution know how to prevent our teeth from getting stained in the first place.
- Avoid smoking: Tobacco smoke contains chemicals that stain your teeth.
- Reduce coffee, tea, wine, soft, dark and sports drinks: It is common knowledge but it is difficult in today’s world. These drinks contain colored ingredients that can stain teeth. After drinking these beverages, try to brush your teeth. If you do not have a toothbrush nearby, rinse out your mouth with water in order to remove the residues.
- Cut down on sweets: Sugary products cause development of plaque, cavities and gum disease, resulting in stained and yellow teeth. If and when you consume them, brush your teeth or rinse out your mouth with water afterwards.
- Restrict acidic foods and drinks, such as sour candy and alcohol, in order to protect your tooth enamel. Once tooth enamel wears away, it is extremely difficult to restore teeth whiteness.
- Do not brush straight after consuming the food and drinks mentioned above. These products actually make dental enamel actually become softer for at least half an hour afterwards. Brushing during this time can actually make things worse because it will wear away the weakened enamel. In an hour, the enamel is harder again and then you can brush using a soft bristled toothbrush. After you have finished eating always have a big sip of water and swirl it in your mouth to remove any potentially staining components. Then try to get more saliva in your mouth and do the same because saliva is the natural defense mechanism against cavities, erosion and staining.
- Consider some of the foods that naturally whiten your teeth.
- Consider some of the natural home remedies, like brushing with baking soda, salt and strawberries. Lemon juice and orange peel also do the work.
A shining set of pearly white teeth can make anyone look more attractive, healthy and self-confident. A bright smile is not only reserved for the privileged, it is something we can all achieve if try and combine the methods, foods and habits that suit us best.