It is natural for teeth to change colour over time. Over the years, it is often the case that your teeth will not keep the gleam that they originally had. This is because, over time, the enamel which covers teeth becomes thinner and the dentin below the surface begins to show, giving your teeth a yellow appearance. Dentin is darker than enamel and has a yellow tint. Yellow teeth can be caused by several other factors primarily including smoking and diet.
Even though it is natural for your teeth to change colour, yellowing of teeth can be a problem for many people. It can cause some people to feel self conscious about their appearance. If this applies to you, and you want those teeth pearly white again, there are some steps you can take to try and remove yellow stains from your teeth both at home and with us at the Dentist.
What causes teeth to turn yellow?
Let’s start by looking at what might have caused your teeth to turn yellow to begin with. There are several different reasons why this can happen.
- High intake of drinks with staining ability such as coffee, tea and red wine.
- Smoking. Teeth staining is just one of the many disadvantages of this habit.
- Taking certain medications. If you think this may be causing the staining of your teeth, speak to your doctor.
- Damage to the mouth caused by a sudden impact.
- Lack of good dental hygiene.
- Problems with chronic mouth dryness.
Changing certain aspects of your life may help to reduce the yellow staining to your teeth. There are also a few home remedies that you can try.
Home remedies for yellow teeth
First and foremost, you need to make sure that you keep up with your dental hygiene routine. If you neglect your teeth, staining is more likely to occur. Brush your teeth twice every day, for two minutes each time. You should also floss your teeth every day. This removes debris from between your teeth and along your gum line.
There are also some extra steps you can take which may help to remove yellow staining from your teeth. It’s worth mentioning that these methods are not scientifically proven and do not work for everyone. You also need to be careful when using these substances in your mouth.
Using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
Many people find that using a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide helps to get rid of yellow tooth stains. The paste should contain only one tablespoon of baking soda and one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Always thoroughly rinse your mouth after you have used the paste.
Using coconut oil
Use a teaspoon of coconut oil to rinse around your mouth for around 15 minutes. Keep the coconut oil in your mouth at all times and spit it out straight away, once you have finished swishing it around. There is very little risk by using this method to whiten teeth.
Using apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can provide several health benefits. Some people also use it to whiten their teeth. 2 teaspoons of the vinegar can be combined with 6 ounces of water and rinsed around the mouth for 10 seconds. If you use this solution, you need to make sure that you rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth afterwards. You also need to be cautious as apple cider vinegar can cause damage to teeth if used too much.
Using activated charcoal
Activated charcoal is similar to normal charcoal but is modified for medical use. You can brush your teeth with activated charcoal, or simply dab it straight onto your teeth. You can also create a mouthwash by combining the charcoal with water, if you prefer. Be careful as activated charcoal can be abrasive to gums. It can also get stuck in any small cracks that may be present in teeth. You can also purchase toothpastes and mouthwashes that include activated charcoal from your local supermarket or pharmacist.
The effectiveness of any of these processes is not scientifically proven, although many people say that they have a positive effect on the colour of teeth. If you want to get the best and quickest results when removing yellow stains from teeth, you should seek professional help.
Professional help for dealing with yellow teeth
Dental professionals provide teeth whitening and stain removal services for patients. Stains can be removed using highly effective techniques such as AirFlow® technology. The process uses a combination of compressed air, water and sodium to remove the stains that home dental hygiene cannot deal with.
Stain removal can be combined with teeth whitening, for the fastest way to get rid of yellow teeth. Your dentist can also provide you with a custom mouth guard to use for home bleaching, and provide you with the products and instructions that you need. You then need to apply the bleach at home, over a set period of time for optimal results.
You may prefer to have your teeth whitened at the dental surgery. This is a fast process as the dentist can use a strong bleaching agent. This type of bleaching should always be done by a qualified dentist.
Teeth whitening is not suitable for everyone. If you have certain problems, such as gum disease, you will not be able to undergo the treatment. If you are interested in having your teeth whitened, your dentist will discuss your full range of options with you.
Teeth whitening: In summary
Professional stain removal and whitening is the fastest way to get rid of yellow teeth. However, the path to whiter teeth should normally start at home. If you want to reduce the amount of yellow stains on your teeth, you should think about making changes. Make sure that your dental hygiene is as good as it should be, drink less juices and soft drinks that cause staining and quit smoking, if you are a smoker.
Get Rid of Yellow Teeth at The Neem Tree
The dental professionals at the Neem Tree are happy to talk to you about how you can prevent yellow tooth staining at home. You can also book an appointment for stain removal, teeth whitening or both. We recommend a professional hygiene treatment, stain removal and whitening combined, for the best results. Contact the team at the Neem Tree about getting rid of your yellow teeth.