All of us surely want a beautiful smile and good white teeth to show off. However the reality of the situation is quite another thing. Due to our lifestyles many of us have yellow teeth rather than white teeth.
Yellow teeth and tooth decay are brought on by an over indulgence in sweets and candies, poor dental hygiene and neglect. As we expose our teeth enamel to sodas and sweets and other damaging foods and drinks, it is slowly being eroded away leaving the teeth exposed to harmful attacks by bacteria and acids. Beware cough drops and breath mints can also be very damaging to your teeth.
In order to help maintain your white smile some helpful tips include brushing your teeth regularly and especially after eating a meal, chew sugarless gum, instead of sweets for snacks try eating popcorn, cheese or yogurts, rinse your teeth with a teeth whitening mouthwash and include some carbohydrates with all of your meals.
Are your teeth yellow?
The first step is to find out what is causing your teeth to go yellow. In some cases the yellow tint might very well be the natural color. Not all teeth are really that artificial dazzling white. Teeth can also be light yellow as well. One way of making sure of the color of your teeth is to check if they are all uniformly the same color. If some are white and some yellow then your teeth are in all probability stained.
What Causes Stained Teeth?
Yellow teeth can be caused by certain medications, excess fluoride in the water and certain medical conditions. Other causes include food, drinks, tobacco and drugs that stain the tooth’s surface enamel. People who smoke have yellow teeth. People who drink large quantities of coffee, soda and tea have yellow stained teeth. Under our enamel is a substance called dentin which is naturally yellow in color. As we age and the enamel gets worn down the dentin gets exposed.
There are many ways to reduce the yellow stain on your teeth so take heart and keep reading. You can either opt for basic home remedies or go to a dentist for expensive cosmetic treatment. The choice is entirely up to you. We will look at some of the home remedies.
Home Remedies for Yellow Teeth
• Rubbing the white part of the orange peel or lemon peel along your teeth
• Brushing with baking soda
• Dabbing hydrogen peroxide onto the surface of your teeth. Do not put on gums as this may result in irritation.
• Strawberry pulp supposedly has a natural bleaching action and definitely tastes better than baking soda.
• Using salt with toothpaste to brush your teeth.
• Rinsing your mouth with a solution of vinegar and water
• Rinsing your mouth with a solution of hydrogen peroxide (3% medical solution)
Always consult your dentist before you try any home remedy. He will be better informed about the risk of such activities.
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Kelsi Cooper is a dentist in Sydney, NSW. She is also the webmaster of her teeth whitening website. Kelsi provides helpful articles on teeth whitening products and related articles on what causes yellow teeth.
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