Why Do I Have Yellow Teeth?
for a wide number of reasons. Lots of foods and drinks either stain your teeth or erode your enamel which over time exposes the layer underneath called dentin.
The good news is most teeth aren’t naturally pearly white. So there’s no need to feel down if yours aren’t naturally shiny. They often have a darker complexion to them, resembling something closer to a light gray or even a hint of yellow.
Fun fact: your enamel is actually semi-translucent!
Enamel wears down naturally over the course of your life and your body doesn’t replace it. While taste buds love high sugar and high acidity foods, your teeth do not. Thankfully rinsing your mouth out with water or mouthwash helps lessen their effect.
Be mindful when consuming things like:
- Juices (especially citrus ones)
- High sugar drinks/snacks
These are some of the biggest reasons for yellowing teeth either because they tend to stain or break down your enamel. While you can avoid or even minimize your intake of those high sugar high acid foods, the natural sugars from fruits, vegetables, sauces, dressings, etc. will slowly work against your enamel.
What You Can Do
The good news is there’s plenty of things you can do to protect your teeth. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and bi-annual dentist visits all work to improve your dental health and fight tooth decay. We talk about this more in-depth in our other post How to Practice Good Dental Hygiene so you can check that out if you want more information. Now it’s time for more ways to protect your teeth.
One thing you can do to help prevent further yellowing is to not rinse your mouth out when you’re done brushing. Rinsing removes a good amount of the fluoride from your toothpaste. Simply spitting out the excess will help keep more fluoride on to fight against acid and bacteria.
Using a fluoride mouthwash is another great dental hygiene habit, whether you’re maintaining it or just now starting, your teeth are sure to thank you. The ideal time to use it is half an hour to an hour after brushing your teeth. After eating a meal or some snacks is also a great time to rinse out with mouthwash to prevent plaque build-up.
Flossing is another tool to keep. One of the biggest questions people often have is “should I floss before or after I brush my teeth?” And the answer is: either.
Flossing before you brush helps get those hard-to-reach places that your toothbrush can miss by dislodging any food that may be stuck between your teeth. Flossing after you brush can help spread the fluoride around and get anything your toothbrush may have missed.
If you floss beforehand, you may want to rinse your mouth out to remove any plaque or food particles; however, you don’t want to rinse if you floss after brushing to keep the fluoride from your toothpaste on your teeth.
Ready for an Appointment?
If you want whiter teeth, you can read our article on cosmetic dentistry and schedule an appointment with us. We’ll talk about your options then see what’s best for you.
Our dentists in Shelby Charter Township, MI, want you to have a smile you can be proud of. To schedule an appointment, call the dental office of Jeffrey T. Baker DDS PC at (586) 992-9222. You may also fill out our online contact form.