Everyone’s teeth will begin to yellow at some point due to enamel thinning as you age. Certain factors will worsen teeth yellowing and speed up the process. This includes drinking coffee, tea, colas, wine or dark juices, all which stain your teeth when particles embed in the pits and ridges of your enamel. Tobacco, whether it’s cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or chew, will all stain your teeth. Also, anything than thins your enamel will yellow teeth more quickly. Acid is the main culprit in enamel thinning, and is found in soft drinks, candy, and some fruits. Your enamel can also be worn away from repeated grating from either grinding your teeth or chewing hard materials like ice.
In order to maintain a beautifully white smile, try out these easy tips!
- If are drinking a staining liquid, use a straw which will help avoid contact with your teeth. You should also try to brush or at least rinse after your done your beverage
- Coconut oil has been found to greatly reduce teeth yellowing bacteria in your mouth. A spoonful of coconut swished around your mouth and between your teeth for 5-15 minutes a day is a great way to naturally whiten teeth. Do not gargle and be sure to spit out the oil into the toilet or trash, as it can clog the sink’s drain. Brush your teeth afterwards.
- Use an over the counter teeth whitening toothpaste. Also brush right before you go to bed and right when you wake up to wash away bacteria formed from a reduction in saliva production when your sleep
Sometimes stained teeth are just too stubborn to remove without the help of an oral hygiene specialist. Aesthetic Dentistry provides a professional teeth whitening option. The Zoom! whitening program is a quick in office treatment which will whiten teeth up to 8 shades in just 1 hour!
If you have any whitening questions or would like to schedule a professional whitening service, call us today or request an appointment.