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Yellow Teeth Or How to Get Rid of Discoloration

Once upon a time I had a bright smile. My teeth were white, I didn’t have bad breath and I felt more comfortable. Why did everything change? Many people ask themselves the same question but do we have a right answer that is so convincing to ensure us that there is a solution. Nowadays there is a wide selection of products available for people who are victim of yellow teeth.

Tooth discoloration can be caused by many different factors. Some of them influence the formation of the enamel; others cause the staining of enamel. Discoloration also may be uniform or may appear as spots or lines in the enamel. Discolored areas may also have a different density and porosity than normal enamel. On the other hand there are factors influencing tooth color include genetic, congenital (existing at birth), infectious, and environmental.

Many specialists recommend us to try to prevent tooth discoloration than cure it. Symptoms of discoloration may vary. Yellow color teeth for example are not so severe discoloration because it may cause due to excess fluorine in drinking water. Most drinking water has fluoride added to it, which is a good thing, because it helps to prevent cavities. However, if there is too much fluoride in the water, this could cause your teeth to turn yellow too. And white spots may cause due to high fever from infection during childhood. There may have several reasons for what tooth may loose their normal spark. One of them is the improper dental hygiene. Several drinks and food can either produce stain on your teeth. Some vegetables like potatoes and fruit like apples and blueberries may cause stain on teeth. These food and drinks like cola, red wine, tobacco, and coffee are called ‘Chromogenic Food’ and they often are the main causes of yellow teeth. In other cases, tooth discoloration may be a result of heredity or excessive smoking.

If you consume these items on a consistent basis, the porous enamel of your teeth will become stained. To help reduce the staining effects of food and beverages, you can drink beverages through a straw and brush your teeth within 20 minutes of every meal. Brushing your teeth after smoking or chewing tobacco will also reduce staining. Although these are the main culprits, any type of food can stain your teeth if they are not properly brushed. Underneath our tooth enamel is a material called dentin. Dentin is naturally yellow, and as we age our tooth enamel becomes worn down, exposing the dentin. This is why some people notice a color change in their teeth as they grow older. It is interesting that not only sugar induces tooth decay, but also acid containing food. Those drinking orange juice at breakfast or acid-containing food are advised not to brush their teeth for at least half an hour after eating. That’s because when the level of acids overcomes a certain value, the teeth enamel softens, and through brushing the outer layer is removed. To neutralize the acidity eat protein-rich food, like cheese or peanuts, but no later that 20 minutes after eating acid food.

Some disease and treatments can cause tooth discoloration on their side. Treatments like radiation, chemotherapy, head and neck curing radiation. During pregnancy some women may suffer subsequently from white spots on the teeth. Tetracycline, an antibiotic, can cause discoloration of teeth in children, making them appear blotchy. There are also some medical conditions which will make your teeth change color. Other common cause can be excessive fluoride either from environmental sources or from excessive administration, severe neonatal jaundice caused by poor liver function as a newborn, porphyria (a disease characterized by an excessive production of pigmentation in the body) an dentinogenesis and amelogenesis imperfecta, genetic defects which affect the enamel of both primary and permanent dentition. Sometimes an accident (bump a tooth) can cause the tooth to get darken. Also discoloration of teeth may take place for unexpected shock. Some materials used in dentistry like silver sulfide containing material during amalgam restoration may darken the color of teeth.

The modern medicine offers many methods to help us get rid of yellow teeth as whitening mouthwash, whitening toothpaste, paint on bleach, whitening strips, bleaching trays, blue-light technology, dental veneers and so on.

The easiest method to fix the color of your teeth is whitening mouthwash. This method is very effective when teeth are mildly stained because the whitening agents act for a short amount of time. That is way you have to be patient and swish it around your mouth for about a minute. Nowadays there are plenty of toothpaste brands which make whitening toothpaste. This method is the same as mouthwash because it depends on the time. Brushing your teeth takes minute or two that is why whitening toothpaste is very effective for mildly stained teeth.

The method paint on bleach is popular and effortless because you have to “paint” your teeth with the bleach and let it sit. Identical to this method are whitening strips. The procedure must be repeated once or twice a day.

More effective are the bleaching tray which usually are given by a dentist. The effectiveness of this method is a result of the fact that typically bleaching trays are molded to fit our mouth which allows the bleaching agents to coat each tooth. In fact, bleaching trays contain a higher concentration of the bleaching agents, so the effect of them is really quick. On the other hand recently is very popular blue-light technology. You can find it in nearest teeth-whitening salons in mall or in office parks. These procedures use a combination of a hydrogen peroxide bleaching agent and blue-light technology. You have to spare an hour for it but the results are really fantastic and the guarantee of the color of the teeth is a couple of years.

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  1. on March 15th, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Tooth discoloration – tips to prevent it

    To prevent yellow teeth you have to keep a proper dental hygiene. There are some tips how take care for our teeth:
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