Why Your Yellow Teeth Are Aging You

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Yellow teeth stains not only make your smile appear dull but a dingy, yellow-colored smile might be making you look older than you actually are. Teeth that are yellow in color may result from stains caused by food and drinks, plaque or even aging. “As we get older, the pulp in the center of the teeth recedes and is filled in with dentin, which is darker than enamel so the end result is a darker appearing tooth,” says Atlanta cosmetic dentist, Ronald E. Goldstein, DDS.

To prevent yellowing and teeth stains, try rinsing with water after eating foods and drinks that may stain, like berries, coffees and tea. Avoiding these teeth-staining culprits can help keep superficial stains from setting. To correct yellow stains, professional bleaching with custom-made trays or light-accelerated teeth whitening can tackle most cases. Deep stains most likely have to be treated with professional teeth whitening options. “The whiter the teeth, the more youthful and attractive your smile will appear,” Tinley Park, IL, cosmetic dentist Zack Zaibak, DDS says. The contrast created can also make the gums and lips look healthier.

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