What Causes Teeth to Look Yellow?

Posted by Dr. Soto Mar 19, 2021

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Albeit not an urgent dental concern, having yellow teeth, no doubt can be a real confidence breaker. It can make you hesitate to wear a full-on smile in romantic, social, and professional situations—all the more so in front of the camera!

You can blame the discoloration of your teeth on what you eat or drink every day or on your lifestyle habits (smoking). However, it is worth noting that it may also be due to factors that are beyond your control.

Let’s discuss some of the specific reasons why your teeth look yellow and find out where to go for professional teeth whitening in Plantation, Florida.

Certain Foods and Drinks

The following foods and drinks can contribute to the yellowing of your teeth:

  • Dark-colored drinks, like juices, tea, sodas, wines, and coffee
  • Condiments, such as vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, and tomato paste
  • Berries and citrus fruits
  • Sugary foods, including ice creams and candies
  • Poor Oral Hygiene

Tooth discoloration may be simply due to poor oral hygiene: you might not be brushing and flossing enough, or you need more frequent dental checkups.

Remember, it is recommended that you brush and floss at least twice a day and change your toothbrush every three to four months. You should also visit your dentist twice a year for routine checkups.

  • Age

The tooth enamel is primarily in charge of the natural color of your teeth. However, as you age, it naturally wears away, allowing the color in the interior of your tooth (dentin) to show through and consequently causing your teeth to appear yellow. 

  • Genetics

Genetics play a role in the development, shape and structure of your teeth, and this best explains why some people have thicker tooth enamel than others. The thicker the enamel, the whiter the teeth. 

  • Fluoride

Often found in dental products, such as toothpaste and tablets, fluoride is a mineral useful for strengthening the tooth enamel and preventing cavities. However, like other things, too much of is also not good, as it can cause tooth discoloration.

Teeth Whitening in Plantation, FL

Tooth discoloration has a variety of causes, some of which are unavoidable. Thankfully, there are multiple tooth whitening options available!

At the dental office of Dr. Ernie Soto, we offer a wide variety of high-quality cosmetic dental procedures and services, such as Zoom! teeth whitening, to help you achieve that beautiful, dazzling smile you’ve ever dreamed of!

Zoom! teeth whitening is a bleaching technique that uses hydrogen peroxide to address tooth discoloration. The entire procedure only takes an hour to complete. Dr. Soto will give you aftercare instructions that you need to follow to keep your teeth looking their whitest.

To learn about our cosmetic dentistry services or schedule an appointment with Dr. Ernie Soto for Zoom! teeth whitening procedure, contact us now at (954) 368-6264, or conveniently request an appointment online. We look forward to providing you with the highest quality of dental care!


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