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7 Causes of Yellow Teeth

Have you tried everything possible to get your teeth whiter and brighter? There might be something in your daily routine that is holding you back. Here are top reasons you aren’t able to brighten your yellow teeth:


1. Tobacco Use

Nicotine is terribly damaging to the enamel of your teeth. Through smoking and chewing tobacco, you are breaking down the strength of your teeth. Your enamel becomes weakened and stained. Stop or limit your use of tobacco to save your teeth.

2. Food & Drink

Think of it this way: if what you are eating can stain your clothes, it can also stain your teeth. Stains on your teeth are difficult to remove. Especially if the enamel is damaged. Make sure to rinse with water after your morning coffee, or evening wine to avoid brown, red, and yellow teeth.

3. Poor Hygiene Routine

Brushing and flossing daily is the obvious answer here. However, proper technique plays a role as well. Brushing too intensely can damage your enamel, leaving it susceptible. Certain toothpastes and mouthwashes can be harmful to your teeth as well. Keep up on your biannual appointments to let your dentist keep you in check.

4. Medications

There are a number of adult medications that can be harmful to the health of your teeth. If you don’t have the option to switch up medications, just let your dentist know so you can work on a plan to keep your teeth healthy and bright.

5. Fluoride

Fluoride is essential to a proper dental hygiene routine, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Too much fluoride can be harmful to your teeth. If you are worried about your fluoride intake, let your dentist know.

6. Genetics

Some things are just out of our hands. Heredity plays a role in how thick and bright enamel is. If you have naturally thin enamel, your teeth may appear yellow or dull. But there is hope for you yet! Discuss whitening options with your dentist.

7. Injury/Illness

Teeth are alive. If they become injured, they can become weak or even die. If the nerves of the tooth are damaged it may fade to a grayish color. These types of injuries can lead to infections so let your dentist know as soon as you notice any discoloration.


At Eagle Rock Dental Care we understand how frustrating it can be to have discolored or yellow teeth. We will work with you to find the best solution. Whether you need help strengthening your enamel, or simply whitening your smile. We have got you covered! Contact us with any concerns or questions, and request your appointment online today!