First off, there are two types of stains – stains on the surface of the tooth and stains on the inside of the tooth.
Surface stains are caused mainly by lifestyle. This means if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, red wine and eat a lot of dark-colored foods such as dark sauces, blueberries, grapes, etc. you will have a higher chance of having yellow teeth.
Eating acidic foods can also speed up the yellowing process because it makes it easier for pigment to attach to the tooth.Stains within the tooth are mostly caused by medications. Medications taken as a child such as tetracycline and doxycycline can cause yellow teeth. Other medications that are used to treat acne, gingivitis and blood pressure can also cause tooth discoloration.
Other causes of yellow teeth are overall health and age. Your enamel thins as you age, making your teeth appear more yellow. Genetics can also play a role in the natural color of your teeth.
The best way to avoid yellow teeth is to watch what you eat, brush and floss daily and see us for your regular checkups and cleanings.
At Terrace Smiles we offer two forms of teeth whitening, Zoom Whitening and Deep Bleaching. Both methods create amazing results. To learn more visit http://terracesmiles.com/cosmetic-dentistry/ and when you are ready to have a bright white smile, call us at (813) 977-7000 to schedule an appointment.