While admiring yourself in the mirror have you ever wondered how your teeth got so yellow? Many of us have. Because yellow stains can develop gradually, it can easily go unnoticed until the brightness and whiteness of your teeth completely disappears. You do not need to panic, stained/yellow teeth are not a sign of a serious medical condition. And while it may be disheartening and confidence-shattering to feel like you’ve lost your beauty, you can get it back.
Let us delve deeper into what actually causes yellow/stained teeth!
You’re Getting Older
Yellowing of teeth is a natural aging process. The enamel fades away with time because of everyday wear and tear of your teeth. Many times, the family history and the genetic factor also contribute to discoloration or staining of teeth. The chain smokers are at a high risk of stained teeth. The tobacco and nicotine darken the teeth at a faster rate.
Poor Oral Hygiene
It is truly said that your oral health contributes to your overall health. Bacteria and plaque buildup in the mouth is a continuous and natural process. Proper brushing, flossing teeth and rinsing mouth twice everyday help clean up the plaque and protect against unwanted oral and overall diseases. In the absence of proper oral hygiene, not only we fall prey to diseases but also the brightness, shine and whiteness of the teeth fade away resulting in dull, coarse, yellow and stained teeth.
We overlook the effects of our diet on our teeth. The main culprits of discolored and yellow teeth are consumption of sauces, dark curries, carbonated drinks, colored food products, tea, coffee, red wine, etc. on a regular basis. The chemical called tannins found in these products are known for its blemishing property. The residue of these foods stick on the surface of the teeth and tarnishes the enamel.
Some tips to whiten and maintain white looking teeth!
Your discomfort with yellow teeth is not a permanent problem. With a little effort, it is possible to prevent and reverse this condition. Dr. Shilpi Behl and Dr. Neeraj Sahni, the veteran dentists share a few tips to whiten teeth.
Proper Brushing and Flossing
This is the indomitable daily routine to be incorporated to prevent all the problems altogether. The tartar and plaque buildup is the result of the poor brushing and flossing habit. So regular brushing is the best antidote for plaque deposits in the mouth. Regular dental checkups also play a vital role in keeping oral hygiene under check.
Using Teeth Whitening toothpastes
Many teeth whitening toothpastes are available in the market containing stronger ingredients than conventional toothpastes and bleaching properties. They comprise of chemicals like carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide which aid in lightening teeth color and phase out discoloration up to some extent.
Limit sugary and high-carb foods
For a long term solution to maintain white looking teeth, it is wise to limit or cut sugary foods, fizzy drinks and high-carb foods as they disturb the tooth enamel. High citrus or acidic fruits tend to wear down the enamel and activate tooth decay and staining real fast.
In-Clinic Whitening procedures
Regular dental scaling and polishing of teeth are recommended once in every six months if you want to maintain a perfect Hollywood smile. Tooth whitening is also an option if you are ashamed to smile in public due to yellow or stained teeth.
Products with Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
Using toothpaste containing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide is said to remove plaque buildup and bacteria to get rid of stains. You can quickly make a paste at home if you do not wish to purchase over-the-counter products.
Make a paste using 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after brushing with this paste. You can mix baking soda with water to make a mouthwash.
Coconut oil pulling
Coconut oil pulling is a traditional and natural way, which is back in action, to remove plaque and bacteria from the mouth and whiten teeth.
Swish 1-2 teaspoons of organic coconut oil in your mouth for 10 minutes. Don’t swallow or let the oil touch the back of your throat. Spit it into the toilet or a wastepaper basket, as it could clog drains. Rinse your mouth with water following by drinking a full glass of water and brushing your teeth.
To tackle deeper intrinsic stains, visit your dentist. ‘Prevention is better than the cure’ stands true when it comes to any and every dental issue.