We all love a beautifully bright smile. Unfortunately, the daily habits of some people prevent that smile from being as bright as it could be based on the foods they eat. Let’s back up for a moment and look at what makes our teeth white.
A person’s tooth enamel begins developing as a baby. The enamel is what helps strengthen the teeth and what the teeth their white color. This applies to both the baby teeth and adult teeth. However, baby teeth are brighter than adult teeth because they haven’t been exposed to the foods and liquids that wear down tooth enamel. As an adult, we all tend to indulge in foods and liquids that are very tasty but they also harm the shine on our teeth.
Your oral health is our number one concern at Mission Peak Dental Care. However, number two is making sure your smile remains beautiful. If you are interested in whitening your teeth, call Mission Peak Dental Care in Fremont/Tracy at (510) 790-0590 / (209) 830-7032 to schedule an appointment today.
As people age, so does the enamel and it begins to wear away. As the tooth enamel begins to wear away, the darker tissue of the tooth, the tissue that protects the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth, begins to be revealed, causing a darker shade of white teeth. Like the cliffs to the ocean, the teeth are also susceptible to erosion, which turns them that grayish color that we see in many elderly people.
Here are some ways that teeth can become yellow:
- Drinking dark liquids: soda, coffee, tea, alcohol, etc.
- Using tobacco: cigarettes (especially nonfiltered), dip, cigars, vape pens, etc.
- Excessive fluoride: This usually happens as a child. It leaves intrinsic stains on the teeth
- Poor brushing: This leads to tartar buildup, which makes it easier to stain
- Tooth trauma: hard hits to the teeth can cause a tooth to darken or die
- Teeth grinding: This can lead to cracks and dark spots in the teeth
Keep in mind that yellow teeth do not indicate poor oral hygiene. Sometimes, genetics also play a role in the development of tooth enamel, but under most circumstances, yellow teeth are a result of the foods and beverages we consume.
One way people combat yellow teeth is through teeth whitening. There are many options for teeth whitening products at your local pharmacy. At Mission Peak Dental Care in Fremont/Tracy, we also offer teeth whitening.
We understand your need to keep your smile bright and gorgeous. Teeth whitening is safe and can be inexpensive, depending on the amount of whitening you’re interested in accomplishing. Please remember that excessive amounts of anything is bad, so consult with a dentist before moving forward with whitening your teeth.