As you age your teeth will naturally start to turn a bit yellow, especially as the enamel becomes thinner and reveals more of the yellow dentin that is beneath it. However often if you are young and have yellow teeth it is because they have been discolored, which is a problem that is more common than many people realize.
The good news is that tooth discoloration can often be removed, or better yet – prevented. By preventing tooth discoloration before it happens, you can ensure that your teeth stay their natural shade of pearly white for much longer.
To be honest, it is easier than you think to prevent tooth discoloration, and here’s what you should do:
- Stay away from food and drinks that can stain your teeth
Some types of food and drinks are notorious for staining teeth such as coffee, soda, red wine and various types of berries. While you may not be able to completely avoid them, you should cut down on how much you consume and try to avoid letting them come into direct contact with your teeth.
- Brush after eating or drinking
Considering you may not be able to completely avoid food or beverages that stain your teeth, you should try to brush as soon after eating or drinking them. That will limit the amount of time these food or beverages have to stain your teeth, and should reduce their effect.
On top of helping to prevent tooth stains, getting into the habit of brushing after eating or drinking can help to improve your oral hygiene – and will stop your enamel from thinning prematurely.
- Cut back on sugar
Sugar is bad for your teeth in general, and can specifically contribute to tooth discoloration because it encourages the growth of bacteria. That is partly why soda is so bad, as not only is it high in sugar but it also stains your teeth on its own as well.
By cutting back on sugar, you should be able to reduce the buildup of plaque and the risk of gingivitis, while keeping your teeth white for longer.
- Ensure your diet contains sufficient calcium
As you probably know calcium is important as it contributes to the strength of your bones – and the enamel of your teeth too. If you aren’t getting enough calcium your enamel will begin to erode more quickly and your teeth will appear discolored as a result.
All of these measures can help you to stave off premature tooth discoloration and keep your teeth whiter for longer. That being said if your teeth are already discolored you should visit a dentist in Southampton to get it cleaned and possibly pursue other teeth whitening treatments.
At the end of the day there are lots of ways in which you can whiten discolored teeth and remove stains nowadays – so it is worth looking into. Still prevention is definitely better than cure however, and taking measures to avoid discoloration is far more important in the long run.