Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?

Striving for bright white teeth, but seeing a smile that’s a little bit yellow? In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few common causes of yellow teeth, and what you can do to prevent it.

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Age & Genetics

As we age, our teeth see a lot of action. Over time, teeth are subject to a good deal of wear, resulting in a thinning of the enamel, causing the teeth to appear discolored. Additionally, your genes may be working against you. Some people are simply born with teeth that aren’t quite white, but rather a red, gray, or brown-tinged hue.


Certain foods and drinks, as well as cigarettes, have the potential to stain our teeth, especially with repeated exposure to damaging substances. Foods with deep rich color, like tomato sauce and red wine, and those that are especially acidic, are particularing harmful. Coffee and tea are also common culprits. Avoid these in your daily life, and you’ll have a much better chance of maintaining a sparkling smile.

A Side Effect

There are certain types of medications and ailments that are also known to be responsible for discoloration of the teeth. Antibiotics, for example, may stain the teeth of young children or individuals whose mother took them while pregnant. Others, such as drugs used to treat allergies and high blood pressure, can also stain. We would never recommend going off any sort of medicine without consulting with your doctor, so if this sounds like you, at home or professional whitening might be the answer.

Achieve & Maintain White Teeth with Help From Michael Giovannini DDS, Inc

Above all, if you want bright, white teeth, quality oral care is key. You absolutely must commit to brushing your teeth every morning and night, and following up with a floss in the evening. But dental care doesn’t stop at home. Our team offers a variety of services that will guarantee you a beautiful smile. Prevention is key–we offer routine cleanings and exams for the whole family. And it you’re looking to refresh a stained set of teeth, we can do that, too, with a variety of cosmetic options, including professional whitening and veneers.

To ask our team any questions or to schedule a consultation or your next appointment, contact our office today!

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