A bright white smile is something that everyone would love to have. This isn’t so surprising when you consider that a smile is one of the first things that you share with both your loved ones and strangers alike. Unfortunately, there are so many different things that go against those desires and leave us with a dull, yellowed smile. Even consistent brushing and routine dental care can lead to a smile that is slightly discolored.

Here at Brightleaf Dental, we know that obtaining that white smile isn’t impossible. We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services including whitening through KöR Whitening trays and overall high-quality dental care techniques. In our blog post today, we’re going to touch on a few of the reasons that teeth start to become discolored so that you can better prepare for and avoid these items in the future.

Your Diet

As you get older, your diet starts to affect everything, and we really mean everything — including your teeth. The things that you put into your body have a huge effect on the look and well being of your teeth. Given that we are talking about teeth, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that things that you’re putting in your mouth have an effect on your teeth, especially when we’re talking about items that are more than likely to stain.

Some of the more well-known items that you’ll see make this list are the typical coffee and wine, but they are far from being the only ones that you need to worry about. There are items that are even more common in our diet that can contribute to discoloration in your teeth, some of those included:

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Berries
  • Tea
  • Beet
  • Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • And more!

Some of these items you may not be surprised to see on the list. In fact, when you think about many of these items on the list, you can also probably think of a container of yours that has been stained as well. If these items can have that type of effect on your containers, imagine what they’re capable of doing to your teeth.

Weakened Enamel

The types of food that you put into your body are going to have an effect on discoloration, but there are also foods that wear down the enamel on your teeth leading to a slight discoloration as well. These items are even more common than the others that we mentioned and are consumed on a daily basis.

Sugary drinks and foods that are also high in sugar are one of the biggest culprits of weakening enamel. When your teeth are exposed to these substances, the enamel begins to weaken making your teeth more likely to yellow while also increasing the chances of developing a cavity. Both of these are less than ideal circumstances to deal with, which is why it’s extremely

important for you to really look at everything that you’re consuming and the effects that it has on your teeth.

General Wear

Over time, your teeth will experience some discoloration simply because of age and time. From the chewing motion to the different drinks and foods we put in our mouth, as we just finished covering, our teeth go through quite a bit on a daily basis. Aside from that, our saliva can do some damage all of its own. All of this adds up over time and ultimately leaves the enamel thinning naturally. The only way to really counter this is to keep up with your dental care as best as possible.

Though this is something that all of us experience, it isn’t something that you have to accept. There are plenty of methods of whitening and dental care that can minimize the chances of yellowing from dental wear, and our team is always happy to share those with you.

Grinding Teeth

While we’re talking about weakened enamel and the effect that it can have on your teeth, grinding is one of the ways that enamel weakens over time. More often than not, this is something that people do while they’re sleeping and are completely unaware of the fact that they’re doing so.  

One of the only ways that people find out that they do grind their teeth is by visiting their local dentist. Through a full examination of the teeth, we’re able to determine how badly you’re grinding your teeth and provide you with solutions to ensure that they remain at their healthiest.

Fluoride

A common mistake that people make when it comes to yellowing teeth is using too much fluoride. Fluoride is advertised as being beneficial for dental health, and that’s because it is — in the right amounts. When you use too much fluoride on your teeth, you can actually increase the chances of spotting. That being said, if you’re concerned about the amount of fluoride that you or your child is consuming and how it’s affecting your teeth, talk to your dentist and see what they suggest moving forward.

Contact Our Team

There are so many ways in which your teeth can become discolored. Truthfully, proper dental care and awareness are two of the best ways to take precaution from yellowing teeth, but sometimes that’s not enough. If you want to learn more about the KöR Whitening trays that we offer here at Brightleaf Dental, our team would be happy to provide you with some additional information.

Start by contacting our team to set up a consult. We’ll take your dental records and teeth into consideration as we determine what type of procedure is going to work best for you and what type of results you should anticipate.