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Why Do Dirty Teeth Turn Yellow?

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Young woman with copper hair hides her mouth with long black sleeves in shame due to yellow teeth from poor oral hygiene

A white smile is a common symbol of good health, happiness, and confidence, but it can be hard to muster a smile when you aren’t feeling comfortable with the way that your teeth look. You may be wondering what causes stained, yellow teeth, and what can you do about it. If so, keep reading!

What Causes Yellow Teeth?

The causes of yellow teeth are varied and can be from genetics, medications, and diet to smoking, trauma, and too much exposure to fluoride. However, the most common reason why teeth turn yellow is due to neglect, or lack of consistent brushing and flossing.

Why Does Poor Oral Hygiene Turn Teeth Yellow?

When you don’t brush your teeth, the bacteria that naturally occur on your teeth have the opportunity to feed on leftover food particles and multiply at a more rapid rate than they would if you cleaned them off of your teeth. If you eat a lot of carbohydrates and sugar and don’t brush or floss consistently, you’re more likely to develop a stained smile. Plaque and bacteria release harmful acid after consuming sugar on the surface of your teeth, which wears down your tooth enamel over time, making it easier for it to become stained and develop cavities. Additionally, as damaged enamel thins and becomes more translucent, the soft, yellow dentin layer underneath is exposed.

How Do I Reverse My Tooth Discoloration?

If your teeth are yellow due to neglect, it’s important to establish a brushing and flossing routine to prevent further damage to your teeth and promote better oral health. Teeth whitening is also a great and effective way to get a brighter smile. At our office, you have a few options when it comes to teeth whitening depending on the severity of your staining and your budget. In-office teeth whitening brightens your smile up to 8 shades in just an hour, while take-home whitening allows you to get the smile of your dreams in the comfort and convenience of your own home.

Don’t Delay Your White Smile!

You don’t have to wait any longer to get a whiter smile. Our team is here to carefully plan and discuss potential treatment options that best suit you. Contact us to schedule a consultation today!

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