A great smile is an obvious confidence booster for anyone – it is also gives people a better overall opinion of you.
For this reason there is no surprise that we become alarmed when we notice that our teeth are stained or overwhelmingly yellow.
Yellow teeth and stained teeth – in most cases are caused by a lot of the same things.
Eating Drinking and Teeth Discoloration
If you’ve never considered the things you eat and drink as causes for staining or yellowing of your teeth – you should.
Here are some of the most common foods and habits that cause staining and yellow teeth:
Coffee, Tea, Red Wine, Smoking
This is not a complete list – but these are some obvious causes of discoloration (read on for more causes). Consuming these foods and smoking, will increase the chance of stained teeth.
As well as the foods you eat you should be aware that natural wear and tear on your teeth will inevitably cause scratchings on the teeth surface and unevenness. This will make your teeth more vulnerable to staining and yellowing.
What you should factor in is that after 10 years your teeth will generally be more likely to stain when you eat or drink things than 10 years prior. This is the advice that you will receive from all good health professionals.
More Cause Of Teeth Discoloration
As strange as it may sound – there are diseases that will effect the enamel (which is the hard surface of the teeth) and also its dentin (which is the material under the teeth).
These effects can lead to stained or yellow teeth. Some examples are:
Radiation, chemotherapy, even infections in pregnant women can discolour the teeth of the unborn baby.
Antibiotics such as tetracycline and doxycycline are known to discolour teeth when given to children.
Mouth washes that have chlorhexidine and cetylpyridiniu chloride can also stain teeth – as well as Antihistamines (such as Benadryl).
The excessive use of fluoride is known to discolor teeth, such as water with high levels of fluoride in it. You should also be mindful of the excessive use of toothpaste which also contains fluoride.
How To Keep Your Teeth Free From Stains and Avoid Yellow Teeth
For obvious reasons stains on your teeth can prohibit you from smiling, due to embarrassment or by making you overly self conscious.
As explained previously your eating, drinking and overall habits are the most popular causes of discolorations to your teeth – don’t let this put you off eating though, because what you eat can also aid in promoting teeth whiteness and a brighter smile.
How Foods Can Help whiten Your Teeth
There are various foods that help aid in keeping our teeth white. Some the qualities of these foods are as follows:
1) – They scrub your teeth surface gently and naturally while you chew
2) – They promote the formulation of saliva – which aids in counteracting acids in the mouth which in-turn cleans the mouth.
Here are a few popular fruit and vegetable foods that have these properties:
Apples, Carrots, Celery, Cauliflower and Hard Cheeses can give your teeth a gentle scrub.
More Tips For Preventing Yellow Teeth And Stains
As well as the numerous foods you can eat to help keep your teeth healthy and white, there are also active techniques you can use to prevent staining your teeth, especially when consuming foods that are known for discoloring teeth.
Tip Number 1
When drinking juices such as fizzy, sodas, juice, coffees, teas etc. Using a straw is a great way to keep this staining fluids away from the surface of your teeth.
Tip Number 2
Brushing, flossing and rinsing your mouth as required, (as obvious as this may sound many people don’t do them enough) are simple ways to upkeep your teeth.
These simple things help to reduce plaque in the mouth which is sticky and gives stains the perfect surface to attach themselves to your teeth. Using good antibacterial mouth wash, rinsing and flossing – twice daily are great ways to fight and keep plaque away.
Tip Number 3
Many people are unaware that a professional teeth whitening procedure can last as long as two years – so if this is with in your budget it is certainly a worth while procedure to consider.
Tip Number 4
Stop smoking – tobacco stains teeth, no matter whether you chew it or smoke it, it will stain your teeth.
These are just some of the techniques you can use to keep your teeth healthy and white you can find many more here.
Solutions To Restoring Your Stained Or Yellow Teeth’s Whiteness
The most natural way to keep your teeth white is by following the tips laid out above.
If you want a more in-depth guide you can check out David Benjamin’s guide here – he has formulated his own tried and tested natural methods for whitening his teeth which loads of people have used to get great results.
As mentioned above a professional teeth whitening procedure is a great way to restore your teeth’s whiteness. You can also use a good quality at home whitening kit (we have some top recommendations in the side bar), if a professional whitening is out of your budget.
There are also good teeth whitening toothpastes that you can use – you can check out the top whitening toothpastes here.