As we age, our teeth naturally lose some of their whiteness due to stains that accumulate from foods and drinks we enjoy, like curries, coffee, red wine, soda, and tea. A lot of these day-to-day stains can be polished away with daily brushing and flossing, along with routine dental cleanings.
Why Do My Teeth Turn Yellow?
Over the years, our teeth can lose their natural white sheen from common everyday culprits like sodas, coffee, teas, and red wine. Most times, these stains are easily removed with regular brushing or during your regular dental cleanings with Dr. Rahm. While teeth often build up stains from food debris and particles, the most frequent reason for yellow teeth lies just beneath the surface.
Underneath our enamel is a layer called dentin, which is naturally yellow. As your enamel thins out due to the acids in our food and drink, natural aging, and wear and tear, our teeth start appearing more yellow. Genetics is a significant factor in the yellowness of the dentin layer, and the thickness of your enamel.
Do I Need Professional Teeth Whitening?
All our Chesterfield Valley Dental patients have different natural tooth shades; almost no one has pure white teeth. Our genetics, lifestyle, and choice in foods and drinks all tend to discolor our teeth over time. While we can work towards minimizing these factors, you will need professional intervention to truly whiten your smile.
Prolonging Your Whitening Treatment
Any dental procedure is an investment in your oral health and attractiveness of your smile. If you've had your teeth whitened, there are things you can do to extend the lifespan of your procedure:
- Stay away from foods that can discolor your teeth, like turmeric, curries, soy sauce, and vinegar. If these ingredients are in your meal, we recommend eating a piece of cheese before your meal to help coat your teeth and protect them.
- Avoid drinks that can stain your teeth, such as teas, red wine, and coffee; anything acidic can cause staining
- Rinses your mouth with water after meals
We Help Keep Your Teeth Bright in Chesterfield MO
If your smile could use a little boost, we can help! Give Dr. Robert Rahm at Chesterfield Valley Dental a call today to schedule your teeth whitening procedure.