These Habits Are Slowly Killing Your Teeth

Once upon a time, you had a smile that could easily be used for a toothpaste commercial. And then suddenly your teeth went from spotless white to irritating yellow. How did that happen?

You brush your teeth every day so it’s hard to understand why they’re turning yellow. It could just be that you’re doing some things which are staining your teeth and causing the discolouration. Here are some of the popular causes of yellow teeth below, you might be surprised at how many you’re guilty of.

Tobacco Use

Smoking or chewing tobacco especially for a long time can cause the teeth to turn yellow.

Poor Dental Hygiene

Irregular brushing and flossing can cause teeth discolouration. And if you didn’t already know, you’re supposed to brush your teeth twice a day. Also, rinsing your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash will prevent plaque, bacteria and stain-producing substances. So it should be part of your daily oral hygiene regimen. This will reduce the chances of your teeth turning yellow.

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Some drugs are known to discolour the teeth especially if they are used for a long time. For example, the antibiotics tetracycline and doxycycline are known to discolour teeth if given to children whose teeth are still developing. Other drugs like Benadryl (antihistamines), antipsychotic drugs and drugs for high blood pressure can also cause teeth discolouration.

Foods And Drinks

Some foods and drinks can contribute to teeth discolouration. Drinks like coffee and cola which are high in caffeine can cause your teeth to turn yellow over time. Other examples are tea, red wine, curry, cherries, tomato sauce and some pigmented fruits and vegetables (like beetroot).

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Some Dental Products

Surprisingly, some mouth rinses and washes containing ingredients like chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride can stain your teeth. Isn’t that super ironic?

There’s nothing like a smile with white teeth. So if you want to know what to do if you have yellow teeth? Click here!

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