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One of the most common complaints of people walking into a dental clinic is that of "having yellow teeth". What they are usually referring to is discoloration of the teeth that can be caused by a wide variety of factors. Here are some of the common cause of "yellow teeth" and how to treat them.
For most people, the chief cause of discoloration of their teeth is cigarette smoking. The kind of staining that cigarettes cause is very easy to spot. They will result in a brownish-blackish discoloration most prominently visible on the inner half of the teeth but that may affect the outer half as well.
Cigarettes contain nicotine and other contaminants that attach themselves to the teeth and cause external stains that can be easily removed over a short period of time but also cause a permanent change to the color of the teeth.
The treatment for this is pretty straightforward. The affected individual has to quit or decrease cigarette smoking as much as possible. There are a lot of serious health hazards associated with cigarette smoking but if a cosmetic reason is the one that finally drives people to quit, no one is complaining!
Poor Oral Hygiene
If one thinks about it, keeping good oral hygiene is not that difficult. All that is required is brushing your teeth for a minute or so twice a day and seeing your dentist at least once every year. The problem is that when people ignore such small things, they end up causing harm to their teeth that add up over time.
One of the main reasons why people complain of yellow teeth is because they just have not been cleaned professionally in a long time. It is natural that some amount of plaque gets accumulated on the teeth even if you brush diligently twice every single day. For those people that do not, this process is greatly accelerated.
What most people do not know is that once tartar starts to form on the tooth, it is not possible to remove it from the teeth with the help of a brush. The tartar will get stuck, promote the formation of more plaque, more tartar and eventually start turning the color of the tooth to a dirty yellowish color.
The treatment for this is very simple. Get a professional cleaning, also called a scaling, and then follow the oral hygiene methods prescribed by your doctor.
Natural Color Of The Teeth
There are some people that try and keep their teeth as clean as possible but they still end having a yellowish hue. This is most likely due to the presence of a thinner than normal layer of enamel. Our tooth is made of three layers. The outermost layer is enamel, the one underneath is dentin and the innermost one is the pulp.
The enamel is white in color and also slightly translucent. The underlying dentin is yellowish in color. When the enamel is thinner than usual the color of the underlying dentin becomes more prominent, giving the teeth a yellowish tinge.