Help! Why Are My Teeth Yellow?

Our dentists treat a lot of patients who feel self-conscious about their smile. One of the main reasons? Their teeth look yellow. We all want teeth that have that pearly white glow, but it takes some effort. Our dentists shared a few reasons that cause teeth to look yellow, along with a few tips on what you can do to have healthier, whiter teeth.


Quit smoking

Smoking and chewing tobacco are one of the leading causes of yellow teeth. The nicotine and tar in these products cause yellow stains on the teeth’ surface. We know that quitting can be difficult, but our practitioners can help you connect with resources to quit smoking, like the Illinois Tobacco Quitline. Once you’ve quit smoking, you’ll start to see gradual improvements in the color of your teeth.


Practice good oral hygiene. Here’s what we recommend:

• Make an appointment to see us twice a year for cleanings
• Floss daily
• Brush your teeth twice a day


“Flossing and brushing your teeth is a must,” says Dr. Quesea “When you see us for your dental appointments, we’ll do a thorough cleaning to prevent plaque (a sticky film that coats teeth) from building up on your teeth. Not only does plaque cause teeth to turn yellow, but it could also lead to tooth decay or tooth loss.”


Beware of certain foods and drinks that might stain your teeth

If a food or beverage stains your clothes, it can also stain your teeth. Here are a few foods and beverages to consume in moderation:

• Red wine
• Soft drinks
• Coffee
• Chocolate
• Dark sauces
• Blueberries
• Beets
• Cherries


You’re getting older. Unfortunately, as you age, your teeth can start to turn yellow. Although you can’t turn back the clock, you can talk to your dentist to see if whitening toothpaste or whitening strips are right for you. These products can help remove stains and brighten up the enamel (the outer layer of your tooth that is made up of pure minerals).


Need an appointment?

We offer preventive and restorative services, from cleanings and exams to specialized dental care. Call 844-599-3700 to schedule an appointment.

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