Yellow teeth holding you back from showing your beautiful smile?
We all know that coffee can be a huge culprit when it comes to turning our teeth yellow but I bet you didn’t know of some other activities that can be just as effective as coffee is on your teeth.
Your teeth turning yellow always creeps on slowly and then hits you like a ton of bricks, when one morning you look at your teeth and are super embarrassed by their color. The good news is that you can always whiten your teeth after they’ve yellowed. In fact, that is how much of us roll, since we aren’t totally aware it is happening until it is too late (or our teeth are too yellow). However, instead of just fixing it after the fact, you can also prevent them from yellowing in the first place!
How do your teeth yellow in the first place?
“There are two types of stains: extrinsic and intrinsic. They affect different parts of the teeth. Knowing the distinction between extrinsic and intrinsic staining can be the key to properly correcting yellowing, maintaining a bright white smile, and preventing stains.” – Mark Burhenne, DDS
Extrinsic is the surface staining type. Coffee, tea, and wine are always the largest culprits when it comes to this type of yellowing. Intrinsic is what happens as we age. Clenching your teeth or grinding your teeth at night are culprits (even taking prescription medications will speed up a tooth’s aging). Yellowing teeth are sadly a result of aging as well.
Understanding your life habits and realizing if they are intrinsic or extrinsic will help you to be able to prevent your teeth from yellowing in the first place. Changing some small habits in your life can do wonderings in keeping the yellow at bay. Additionally, to putting your habits in check – here are some other yellow prevention tips from Mind Body Green.
Sleep with your mouth closed.
Know which foods and drinks cause staining.
Learn which ingredients are helping (and hurting).
Go see your dentist regularly.
Nourish your body and nourish your teeth.