Why Are My Teeth Yellow? The Most Common Causes Of Yellowing & Staining

If you have yellow teeth in Windsor, you may be wondering why your teeth no longer look bright and beautiful. What causes yellow teeth, and how can you avoid them? Get all the answers you need in this blog from Water Valley Dental.

1. Drinking Coffee, Tea & Other Dark Beverages

This is one of the most common causes of yellow teeth. Coffee, tea, and other dark beverages like wine can stain the teeth because of the presence of compounds called “tannins.” These tend to stick to your teeth and leave behind a yellowish-brown stain.

We recommend brushing your teeth or at least rinsing whenever you have coffee, tea, or any other beverage besides water or milk. This can help prevent stain build-up.

2. Tobacco Use

Smoking cigarettes and cigars can cause your teeth to become stained and yellowed due to the tar and other harmful compounds in tobacco. Even if you use chewing tobacco or some other form of oral tobacco, the tobacco can stain your teeth and turn them brown or yellow. 

To avoid this, quit smoking and using oral tobacco. Tobacco use is horrible for your overall health and oral health, and will stain your teeth, so start thinking about how you can quit right away. 

3. Aging & Thinning Enamel

The outer layer of tooth enamel is very bright and white. But below it is a second layer of material called “dentin.” This is more yellow in color. And as you age, the enamel tends to get thinner, revealing more yellow dentin.

This changes the color of your teeth. Teeth whitening can help brighten your enamel and brighten your teeth, and treatments like dental bonding or veneers may also be used to cover up yellowed teeth and restore their appearance. 

4. Plaque & Tartar Buildup

If you don’t brush and floss properly, oral bacteria and plaque will build up in your mouth. Eventually, it will harden into tartar (calculus), a brownish-yellow substance that will stain your teeth. 

You can’t remove tartar on your own, but a dental hygienist can remove it as part of your six-month teeth cleaning and oral exam. However, you can prevent tartar from forming altogether by maintaining good brushing and flossing habits. 

5. Tooth Decay Or Infection 

In some cases, cavities or a tooth infection can make part of your tooth look yellow or discolored. If you notice that only one of your teeth is yellow or discolored, this is the likely cause.

You need to get help from a dentist like Dr. Banks right away to get a filling, crown, or root canal and restore your tooth. And to prevent tooth decay and infection in the future, you’ll need to maintain good oral hygiene. 

Got Yellow Teeth? Come To Water Valley Dental For Teeth Whitening!

At Water Valley Dental, Dr. Danny Banks has years of experience in cosmetic dentistry. If stained or yellow teeth are making you feel self-conscious, we’re here to help. Give us a call at (970) 460-8989 or contact us online to schedule a cosmetic consultation and see if teeth whitening in Windsor is right for you.

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