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Yellow teeth can be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, dental erosion, and certain foods and drinks.

If you have noticed that your teeth are not quite as white and bright as they once were, you are not alone. Yellowing teeth are a fairly common issue and can be a cause for cosmetic concern. But what exactly causes teeth to take on a yellow hue? And is there anything you can do about it? Read on to learn about some of the most common causes…

1.  Genetic factors

You may be wondering why your teeth are looking dull and yellow, and the reality is that some people are simply more susceptible to the issue than others. In fact, the shade of your teeth could be in your genes — if your parents’ teeth appear yellow, it’s likely that yours will take on a similar colour as you get older. And this goes for colours other than yellow — some people notice that their teeth appear grey as they age.

2.  Exposed dentin

In some cases, teeth appear yellow when the outermost layer (known as enamel) has worn away and the underlying dentin has been exposed. Dentin, the substance beneath your enamel, is a yellow-brown colour, and can become visible when your enamel thins as the result of dental erosion.

3.  Lifestyle habits

There are a few lifestyle habits that can contribute to yellowing teeth. Smoking, for example, is one of the leading causes of stains on the surface of the teeth and often leaves the teeth looking yellow or brown.

Certain dietary choices can also stain the teeth. Foods that are dark or highly pigmented, such as tomato sauce, soy, berries, and curry can all cause discolouration of the enamel. Similarly, dark and acidic drinks like coffee, tea, wine, carbonated soft drinks, and sports drinks can all lead to yellow teeth as well.

4.  Grinding your teeth

Tooth grinding is a common — often unconscious — habit that can cause some serious harm to the teeth. Often caused by stress, many people grind their teeth at night without even knowing it. Over time, the habit wears away at the enamel of the teeth, causing them to weaken. As the enamel wears away and becomes thinner, the teeth often take on a shade of yellow. If you suspect that you grind your teeth or clench your jaw, it is advisable that you consult with your dentist. They will let you know what can be done to alleviate any uncomfortable symptoms that you experience and prevent further damage to your teeth.

5.  Accidents and trauma

We all want to take good care of our teeth, but unfortunately, accidents do sometimes happen. If you are in an accident that causes a dental injury, such as a broken or cracked tooth, you might notice some discolouration. It is always advisable to see your dentist in the case of a dental injury — the earlier you receive treatment, the more likely it is that your damaged tooth can be saved and repaired.

How can we help?

If you have noticed that your teeth are not as bright as you would like, we encourage you to come in and see us. We will perform a thorough examination and determine the cause of your discolouration. If your teeth appear yellow because of an underlying oral health issue, we will recommend a treatment to address the problem and improve the overall condition of your teeth. If your stains are affecting only the surface of your teeth and are caused by the foods and drinks that you consume, you could benefit from a whitening treatment.

At Oracare, we provide a broad range of dental services, including emergency, preventative, general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. To find out more about what we have to offer, please have a look here. For more information about our services or to arrange a consultation with us, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (07) 3286 6914 or get in touch with us here.