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Keeping Those Pearly Whites White

It’s nearly impossible task to eliminate all foods and habits that might stain your teeth. What fun would life be? You should absolutely enjoy your life to the best of your ability. Being aware of what causes teeth to turn yellow can help to keep your pearly whites glowing.

What causes teeth to turn yellow?

There are many factors that can cause teeth to turn yellow.
Teeth can become yellow from:

  • certain foods or drinks, such as chocolate, red wine, coffee, or tea
  • a diet high in sugar and simple carbohydrates
  • smoking or chewing tobacco
  • side effects of certain medications and mouthwashes
  • age, as older adults are more likely to have yellow teeth
  • genetics
  • mouth trauma
  • excessive fluoride consumption
  • poor dental care and oral hygiene
  • chronic dry mouth or lack of saliva

(from healthline.com)

Turns out there are quite a few factors that can affect the shade of teeth ranging from genetics to excessive fluoride consumption! (Fluoride is added to most toothpastes to strengthen tooth enamel.)  Aside from brushing and flossing, taking care of your oral hygiene also looks like quitting bad habits like smoking, maintaining a balanced diet, and drinking enough water. 

We can't tell you how to live your life, but while undergoing whitening treatments, it is recommended to avoid consuming darker colored foods. Read more about foods that can cause staining here

In conclusion, listen to your dentist, stay hydrated, and eat your fruits and vegetables to keep that smile pearly white!

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