Dentist Questions Yellow teeth

How can I prevent yellowing of my teeth?

I am 34 years old and of late, I am noticing a yellow film on my teeth along with stains. Could it be permanent damage to my teeth or can it be cleaned by a dentist? What could be causing this yellowing of my teeth? Is there a way to prevent it?

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Yellow film on teeth of a person in their 30s is not so bad. First of all, it is important to remember that everyone's teeth have different shades to them. Some people have a yellow shade while others have a grey shade. The good news is that teeth with yellow shades are the ones that have the best results. Secondly, in order to remove the yellow film we must know what we are dealing with. Stains are usually classified as extrinsic (outside the enamel) or intrinsic (inside the enamel). Stains that are extrinsic may be able to be brushed off; however, a lot of them need to be removed by a dentist with different instruments (hand instruments, ultrasonic scalers, etc.) or possibility of bleaching. The best way to get rid of the yellow staining is to get an evaluation by a dentist to know what it is and how to removed it. Hope this helps.

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William F. Scott IV, DMD
Teeth naturally yellow with age. See your dentist for options

Please consult with your dentist on your concern of your teeth. You can try changing some habits like drinking coffee from a straw or you can look into whitening options.

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See your dentist. You need to review correct flossing and correct brushing. That yellow film may be plaque. Plaque forms every day and it is loaded with bacteria. Plaque has to be removed from your gum line area. It irritates your gum line tissue causing it to swell and it can bleed. Plaque collecting all over teeth can make your teeth appear yellow and plaque is loaded with bacteria and toxins and crystallizes. Some patients use some baking soda add a pinch of salt and a few drops of coconut oil or lemon essential oil. They use it several times a week. We all need to review correct flossing and brushing.
Any pigmented food will stain teeth, such as coffees, berries and chocolate. Of course tobacco is the worst. Fortunately these extrinsic stains are easily removed by a professional whitening system.
Try reducing your intake of coffee, teas colas and reduce smoking if you are a smoker.
We get this complaint a lot in my office. As we age, our teeth are more easily stained. Staining is caused by drinking coffees, teas, red wine. Depending on how deep the stain is, your Hygienist at your Dentists' office should be able to clean it. If it is a more intrinsic stain, you might consider in-office bleaching, or veneers. If you do drink a lot of coffee or tea, try drinking through a straw. While it does not completely prevent staining, it does help!
Yellowing to the teeth can be caused by several different factors. The fact that you mention the word film indicates to me that this can be removed or wiped off. If this is the case cleaning and appropriate oral hygiene can help decrease this accumulation. Staining can be removed in a dental cleaning as well. To help prevent yellowing it is recommended to limit consumption of coffees, sodas, and tobacco use along with completing dental visits every 6 months.
Our teeth stain as we get older because of the foods that we eat. Seek the advice of your general dentist on how you can reverse the staining
It is hard to tell. It could simply mean discoloration and plaque accumulation or it could be due to development of decay. This needs to be examined by a dentist to determine how to address it.
Ask your dentist about the cause of the yellowing and if teeth whitening would be a good option for you. The best time to whiten your teeth is after getting them cleaned for optimal whitening results.
I would consider the anatomic composition of teeth in general to specifically address the translucency of the enamel covering the Dentin in your mouth on your teeth. The substance Denton is orange in color and if the enamel thickness is diminished generally which overlays the Dentin on your teeth is too thin the orange color shows through the transparency of enamel and reveals a yellowish tint. Otherwise I'd look to nicotine tea and caffeine excesses for the root cause of this very expensive problem to treat in general if it involves restorative Dentistry
Most of the time, it is staining by tea, coffee, and other colors in food. And it can be cleaned by your dentist. Flossing and brushing and regular cleanings at your dentist is a great way of prevention.
If it is a film with stain, it is probably removable by a dentist. It may have been caused by some inadequate cleaning on your part, and if plaque had been there for more than a few days, it is more likely to stain and be impossible to remove without the proper tools. For a 34 year old patient, a color change is usually only on the surface and can be corrected. But please be aware that numerous factors contribute to staining: smoking, chewing tobacco, red wine, dark sodas, excessive garlic, blueberries, certain medications, and, in general, any dark food or drink. In addition, if you have any tooth-colored fillings on your front teeth, all of those stain producers can darken the fillings. They may need to be replaced. If you haven't been to a dentist for a cleaning and examination in a while, it is now time.
Yellowing of your teeth can be contributed to coffee stain, red wine, and tea and other things that we eat. Please make sure that you eat food that does not cause stains if you do not want to have an increase in staining. Stains can be polished off your teeth and if it can't be removed mechanically by scraping or polishing, you may try to do professional whitening with whitening gel.