Is there anything that prevents you from smiling more than having yellow teeth? Well, if you’re missing your two front teeth you would really be embarrassed to flash your smile, but that’s another issue. Yellow teeth can be very embarrassing and might cause others to make a negative impression of you. They would immediately think that you do not brush your teeth, you have bad breath, and you just don’t care about oral health. But who can blame them? You might even doubt yourself and ask if you are doing something wrong. If you have yellow teeth, there’s a good chance that you are really doing something you’re not supposed to do. Read on and learn more about how to get rid of yellow teeth.
What Causes Yellow Teeth?
It’s easy to conclude that a person with yellow teeth does not follow a good oral hygiene. But let’s make things clear: the natural color of the teeth of some people can actually be closer to the yellow side. If all of your teeth have the same yellow color, this is a good indication that this is the natural color of your teeth. But if some of your teeth are yellow and some are white, then you really have a problem with staining. Some of the common causes of yellow teeth are drinking coffee and tea, eating acidic foods such as citrus fruits and berries, excessive smoking, and age.
How to Get Rid of Yellow Teeth
1. Observe proper oral hygiene.
Here enters Captain Obvious. But really, you have to have good oral hygiene to whiten yellow teeth. Brush your teeth at least three times a day and also make it a habit to floss. Remember that the longer the food stays inside your mouth and between your teeth, the higher the chances of staining your teeth.
2. Try home remedies.
There are also some home remedies for yellow teeth. One common remedy is baking soda. Just make a paste by mixing baking soda with a little amount of water. Use this paste to brush your teeth. You can also rub orange peel (the inner, white part) on your teeth daily to get rid of yellow teeth.
3. Use whitening strips.
Whitening strips are some of the most effective products that you can use to whiten yellow teeth. The strips contain a bleaching agent. You can use whitening strips twice daily for optimal results. Another common whitening product is Paint on Bleach. It works by painting the bleach on your teeth, much like painting your nails with different fancy colors.
4. Use whitening toothpaste and mouthwash.
These two products are among the most common whitening products that you can find at your local drugstore. These products are specifically designed to help whiten teeth. However, whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes are usually only effective for mildly-stained teeth.
5. Bleaching trays and regular cleaning.
The best move you can make when dealing with yellow teeth is to visit your dentist. One of the most effective treatments for yellow teeth that your dentist will recommend to you is the use of bleaching trays. These trays are specifically molded to fit your mouth. They contain a bleaching agent that coats the teeth, removing the stains and making your teeth whiter. There are also other options like blue-light technology and dental veneers, where veneers are placed on the surface of the tooth to improve its appearance. Just ask your dentist about which option is the best for you to get rid of yellow teeth.
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Nyasha from America on October 28, 2018:
Cliff Mendrez (author) from Philippines on April 28, 2012:
Teeth whiteners that can be found on drugstores often work only for mildly-stained teeth. It is still best to visit the dentist to get rid of yellow teeth.
Chris Hugh on April 28, 2012:
That is so true; some people just have naturally yellowish teeth. Can drugstore whiteners help them, or do they need to get their teeth whitened at the dentist's?