No one wants to feel embarrassed about their smile. It’s something you should feel proud to show off but that can be hard when your teeth are yellow. Our Kilgore cosmetic dentist is here to help you determine the cause behind your tooth discoloration and make you feel confident again.
Here’s what you need to know about tooth discoloration and why you may have yellow teeth.
Tooth discoloration is exactly what it sounds like: a change in the color of your teeth. This change isn’t typically one that you’d like to see, however. Teeth that are discolored are often dull, yellow, or brown in appearance. You could also develop white or dark spots on your teeth.
Many patients know what’s causing their tooth discoloration, but some are surprised to see their pearly whites go from light to dark. Dr. Odhiambo can conduct a quick oral examination and ask you questions about your health history, diet, and more to narrow down the list of causes.
From there, we can discuss possible cosmetic solutions like teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. We want you to feel comfortable moving forward so let us know what would make you the most confident.
All dentists, including ours, recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once daily. This type of routine helps to remove left behind food particles and plaque that has formed on or in between your teeth.
Aside from preventing cavities, regular oral hygiene can also keep your teeth from turning an unappealing shade. If you have been a little lax or forgetful about brushing and flossing, that could explain your tooth discoloration.
Oral care at home paired with a teeth cleaning every 6 months will help you clear away stain producing substances and put a stop to damaging tooth decay.
Using tobacco products is not great for your overall health. Smoking, in particular, also affects your oral health as the habit can noticeably stain teeth. This is why many long-term smokers have yellow or brown teeth among other health issues.
The best way to improve your smile if you smoke is to quit. Dr. Odhiambo also recommends that you brush your teeth multiple times a day and floss to combat the negative oral effects smoking has caused. We also offer both in-office and at-home teeth whitening that uses a safe, but powerful dental grade gel to brighten your teeth.
Sometimes the only thing you’re doing to cause discolored teeth is naturally aging. Yes, when we age it is possible that our teeth will fade and not be as white as we remember. That’s because the outer layer of enamel on your teeth becomes worn and as it disappears, it reveals the color of dentin.
Dentin is the softer layer of tissue underneath your hard enamel. It’s yellow and works to protect the nerves located inside your tooth’s inner pulp. Its color has a large impact on your tooth’s appearance as thanks to the transparency of enamel, is how dentin shows. Dr. Odhiambo can work with you to figure out the best solution if your age has affected how your teeth look.
Unfortunately, some of our favorite foods and drinks stain our teeth. That includes red wine, coffee, tea, and certain fruits and vegetables. Because it can be difficult to stop consuming a few of these offenders, our dentist recommends brushing your teeth regularly and using an oral mouth rinse not too long after drinking or eating.
What you really want to prevent is the stain sitting on your teeth for long periods of time. Brushing or rinsing that cup of coffee away can put a damper on the unwanted transformation of your smile. Dr. Odhiambo can also speak with you about professionally whitening your teeth and how that treatment could help you achieve a desired shade.
If you’re undergoing chemotherapy or taking certain prescription medications, it can result in discolored teeth. There isn’t much you can do to prevent this from happening, especially if the treatment is medically necessary. However, Dr. Odhiambo can advise you on oral hygiene tips and whether teeth whitening would be appropriate.
Dreaming of a whiter smile? Our cosmetic dentist in Kilgore, TX, can recommend either in-office or at-home teeth whitening to you if you’re interested. Get started today by calling Kilgore Dental Care at (903) 984-1108 or feel free to request an appointment online.