What Causes Yellow Teeth?

Are you wondering why are your teeth are yellow, even if you brush them twice a day? Do you practice good dental hygiene, but yet your teeth are still more yellow than you would like them to be? The color of our teeth not only depends on our daily dental habits, but it is also affected by the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. 

This, however, are not the only factors that change the color of our teeth. A lot of times the color of our teeth can be highly linked to our genetic makeup. Some people have more porous teeth, which makes them easier to pick up color from the food and beverages they eat.

Let’s discuss what might be causing your teeth to be yellow

What Causes Yellow Teeth

If you are reading this article it is likely that your teeth are not as white as you would like them to be. Besides diet and lifestyle choices there are a few factors that could be causing your teeth to be yellow.

  • Smoking- This can play a huge factor in the color of our teeth. Smoking is not only bad for your lunges, and causes pre-mature wrinkles. But it also causes your teeth to turn yellow. With so many bad factors about smoking, it is hard to see why anyone would still do it. It is best to kick the habit, your lunges will be happier and your teeth will be whiter. Not to mention all the money you will save not spending on cigarettes.
  • Drinking- What we drink plays a big role in the color of our teeth. Coffee is a major factor in turning our teeth a yellowish color. But also if we drink tea, dark-colored soda or red wine it could also be turning our teeth yellow. It is best to avoid dark-colored drinks if you want to keep your teeth white.
  • Illnesses- Sometimes there can actually be a bigger problem that is causing our teeth to be yellow. Poor dental hygiene can lead to serious problems including tooth decay, which can cause our teeth to change colors. Also, major health issues such as inflammatory conditions or autoimmune diseases can be directly linked to periodontal disease and can change the color of our teeth.
  • Genetics – Some people are just born with teeth that appear more yellow, this is due to the fact that their enamel is likely thinner than other peoples. If you have a thin layer of enamel on your teeth they are not only more sensitive, but they will also be more inclined to pick up the color from the foods you eat. Over time this builds up and your teeth have a more yellow tone to them.
  • Foods-  Most of us are aware that coffee and other beverages can stain teeth, but not everyone is aware that there are certain foods that can stain teeth as well.
    • Popsicles – Can have food stains in them that can dye or stain your lips and tongue, but what most people don’t realize as this can also be bad for your teeth and could be staining them and discoloring them.  Better to stick to popsicles or ice cream with no added dye to it.
    • Blueberries- These are a superfood and great for you, but there dark blue skins, not only can stain your clothes but can also stain your teeth. This doesn’t mean you have to give up this superfood, just be sure to rinse your mouth out with water after you eat them.
    • Soy Sauce/Balsamic Vinegar- Not only dark beverages stain your teeth, but dark foods or sauces as well. If you spill it on your clothes and it can leave a stain, it is a good indication that it is probably staining your teeth as well.
    • Beets- Are known for their bright vibrant purple color. There are beautiful, but also tend to turn your cutting board pink and everything you touch pink as well. This also plays a negative effect on the color of your teeth.
    • Curry- A staple in any Asian or Indian cuisine, but it is known to turn your teeth yellow. It’s bright yellow curry spice locks onto teeth and can lead them not to be so white if we tend to eat a lot of it. Be sure to rinse your mouth out after you are done eating this spicy dish.
    • Tomato Sauce – Pasta is everyone’s favorite, but the acidity in the tomatoes and their bright red color is not always the best for our teeth. Remember if it can stain your clothes, it can stain your teeth.

When eating foods that could stain your teeth it is best to practice good dental practices and make sure you rinse after you eat them. It is always best to wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, as you don’t want to push the stains into your teeth.

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