How to Get Rid of Yellow Teeth
Although this isn’t an urgent condition like other dental problems, yellow teeth can impact your confidence and willingness to smile. Luckily, there are ways to improve the colour of your teeth. The steps can be as simple as watching what you drink or eat and being strict with your oral care routine.
Also, you can benefit from teeth whitening treatment from your dentist. However, before we dive into that, here are some common causes of yellow teeth.
Why do teeth turn yellow?
Teeth can become yellow for several reasons, including:
- Plaque and tartar build-up, giving a yellow tinge
- Compounds that stain the teeth’s surface, e.g. tea, coffee, cigarettes
- Tooth wear. The enamel of the teeth (the outer white covering) wears down as you age due to chewing habits and the foods we eat. As this happens, the dentin underneath the enamel starts showing through. Dentin is normally yellow in colour but can sometimes have a brown tinge
The last cause is rather difficult to prevent since it’s part of ageing. However, you can reduce staining by avoiding the following:
- Red wine
- Chewing tobacco
You can also reduce plaque buildup by:
- Brushing regularly
- Using mouthwash
- Avoiding high-carb foods and sugary foods
- Visiting the hygienist regularly for tartar removal
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Should I be worried if my teeth are yellow?
Yellow teeth are not something you should worry too much about. However, they can point to poor oral health, which might mean you need to change your oral health routine or diet.
Remedies for yellow teeth
Below are some remedies you can try to help improve the yellow colour of your teeth:
This is always essential after taking drinks or food that might discolour your teeth, including beetroot, red wine and coffee.
Some of the tooth brushing tips to follow include:
- Brushing your teeth two to three minutes every session
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Ensure you brush the surface of every tooth
- Make circular motions when brushing, brushing the gums as well
- Ensure you reach the teeth at the back of your mouth
Also called chairside bleaching, this is a common cosmetic dental procedure that is conducted in monitored conditions. It allows for controlled use of high concentrations of bleaching gels that normally yield immediate results.
Generally, the longer the bleaching solution is on your teeth, the white your teeth get. However, the duration of contact of the whitening gel with the teeth depends on the concentration of the hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide being used, and guidelines are followed.
Keeping the whitening solution for longer can negatively impact your teeth by increasing sensitivity or dehydrating the teeth.
We offer various in-office professional teeth whitening treatments at Savina Dental Clinics.
Whitening toothpaste can help reduce teeth yellowing and improve their whiteness. A study conducted in 2014 revealed that whitening toothpaste often lightens tooth colour by a shade or two. These products contain certain ingredients that help eliminate food stains, but they can also be very abrasive, thus damaging tooth enamel in the process.
If using a whitening toothpaste, you should choose one with a low RDA (relative dentin abrasivity) to avoid this. Moreover, whitening toothpaste should ideally be used sparingly, not as an everyday option.
Tray-based tooth whiteners
Some dentists provide patients with tray-based tooth whitening kits (home-whitening kits). Tray-based teeth whiteners lighten teeth by a couple of shades.
This whitening method involves wearing fitted trays over the teeth that have been custom-made to fit your mouth using an impression (mould) of your teeth. The whitening kit contains whitening gel, and you should apply a small amount to each of the front ten teeth in the tray and wear the tray for 2 hours a day. Do not wear it overnight, as this can increase your risk of sensitivity. Home whitening kits usually contain carbamide peroxide gels in concentrations of 10% or 16%. If your teeth are very sensitive, the 10% is more suitable in your case, although results will take longer to show.
Over-the-counter whitening kits containing pre-fabricated whitening trays exist; however, these are far from ideal as they do not fit around your teeth accurately. This results in potential damage to the gums if the gel comes into contact with them and waste of material if the gap between your teeth and the tray is too large. The latter will also lead to poorer results as, in most cases, the gel would not contact the tooth properly.
Apart from being able to change the size and shape of your teeth if necessary, porcelain veneers can be ordered in lighter shades to improve the colour of your teeth. Porcelain veneers do not stain easily, and stains are easily removable with polish at the hygienist. Composite veneers can also be used in certain instances; however, they are prone to staining and discolouration over the years, especially in patients with certain dietary habits (drinking red wine, tea, coffee etc.), social habits (smoking etc.) and poor oral hygiene habits.
Activated charcoal can be used to remove some stubborn stains from teeth. Activated charcoal works to remove stains and pigments from teeth because it is highly absorbent. Aside from whitening teeth, it also removes toxins and bacteria in the mouth.
Some toothpaste containing activated charcoal claim they can whiten teeth and can be bought online.
Gently brush your teeth for two minutes with the activated charcoal being careful not to irritate the gums. But if you have sensitive skin, settle for dabbing the charcoal on the teeth and leaving it for two minutes.
According to a particular research paper, charcoal toothpaste whitens teeth within four weeks of usage but isn’t as effective as other whitening toothpaste.
However, activated charcoal is not recommended for daily use by dentists.
It is natural for your teeth to yellow as you age and the enamel wears out. However, regular brushing and dental cleaning sessions can reduce discolouration from plaque and tartar buildup. Also, avoid foods, beverages and social habits that can stain your teeth.
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