Why Are My Teeth Yellow When I Brush Them Everyday?
Coffee, tea, and wine are rich in chromate, sticking to the teeth and creating visible stains. Nicotine is yellow when combined with oxygen, and when inhaled or chewed, it can slip into tiny pores in the enamel of your teeth. Smokers ' teeth may become highly yellow or brown over time. Reducing or eliminating the use of any of these drugs is often enough for patients to brighten their eyes. For a fact, as the enamel subsides, more dentin underneath it becomes apparent. Dentin has a natural yellow color, so fewer layers of enamel will make your smile bright.
In most cases, visible staining as a result of drinking coffee, tea or wine, or smoking and other tobacco use is the common cause of dental discoloration. Coffee, tea and wine are all very high in chromogens, all of which stick to our teeth and produce noticeable stains, while nicotine, mixed with oxygen, produces a yellow result that settles in tooth enamel, turning it yellow or brown over time. Such exterior stains can not be healed easily by brushing, and are one of the most common causes of tooth discoloration.
On the other side, if you have suffered trauma or injury to your teeth, you may be left with an internal mark that can not be changed or healed by brushing. External stains usually result in a darker discoloration than standard yellow stains caused by alcohol or nicotine. Such marks are caused by swelling in the tooth and can result in a dark or gray tooth.
Some drugs can change the appearance of your enamel or dentin underneath it. For example, the use of tetracycline antibiotics while teeth are still developing can cause tooth discoloration. Injury or damage to a tooth that causes internal bleeding in the tooth can also leave a permanent mark. If you wonder why brushing doesn't whiten your teeth, make sure you have the right brushing technique! Brushing too hard has the potential to disintegrate your enamel, exposing more of the colored dentin beneath.
If your brushing habits are not up to scratch, it can make any streaks or yellow teeth worse. Brushing twice a day is a start, but you need to make sure you're brushing all your teeth to avoid problems. Using dental floss will also make sure that you hit the areas of your teeth that would otherwise go unattended and could be at higher risk. Be cautious, though, as brushing your teeth so vigorously means that you run the risk of getting rid of your own enamel, which will expose more of the dentin layer of your teeth and contribute to discoloration. Soft toothbrushes are recommended rather than medium or hard.
It's also entirely possible that, as you age, your enamel will gradually peel away and leave you with yellow teeth, even if you've maintained a regular brushing routine. This can be compounded by the simple fact that, on the basis of our anatomy, some of us are born with an extremely thick layer of enamel, and some of us simply have a very thin layer. Your overall health is also a factor in determining the color of your teeth–problems such as nutritional deficiencies and cancer treatments are likely to make your teeth yellow, regardless of your brushing and care.
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