Why do teeth turn yellow?

yellow teeth Yellow teeth may not seem like a major dental problem, but it can still affect your confidence and your willingness to smile. Fortunately, there are many teeth whitening products and professional teeth whitening service by dentist available out there.  Ask Portland dentist Dr. Jacob Morrow and his team at Mt. Tabor Dental your options for whitening your teeth and improving your smile.

Here are some common causes of yellow teeth:

  • Genetics

If at least one of your parents has yellow teeth, chances of you having yellow teeth are higher.

  • Dentin

When the enamel is thin and the dentin underneath is showing, then it makes your teeth look yellow.  Dentin is under the enamel and it is sometimes a deep yellow material.

  • Wear

Teeth turn yellow as you get older when the enamel become thinner due to chewing and exposure to food’s acidity.

  • Smoking

Nicotine leaves yellowish and brownish surface stain on your teeth when you smoke.  

  • Foods

Many foods stain teeth, such as tomato sauces, curry spices and berries, etc.

  • Drinks

Coffee, tea, red and white wine can cause the teeth to turn yellow.

  • Antibiotics

Tetracycline antibiotics stain teeth, especially during development.

  • Fluorosis

Excessive fluoride can cause yellow or brownish yellow spots called fluorosis.

If you would like to know your options for teeth whitening, contact us at Mt. Tabor Dental for a consultation on professional teeth whitening.

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