If you drink a lot of coffee (or any other dark-coloured beverage for that matter), you are likely familiar with how these beverages stain your teeth a yellow shade over time.
But, why does that happen? And, perhaps more importantly, how can you go about whitening yellow teeth (and preventing further staining)?
Why Coffee Turns Your Teeth Yellow
The reason why coffee turns your teeth yellow is due to an ingredient that is found in coffee. – this ingredient is called tannins (they are also found in tea and wine as well). The problem with tannins is that they cause colour compounds to stick to your teeth a lot easier.
In addition, your tooth enamel has a lot of ridges; tooth enamel is not smooth, which makes it much easier for these compounds to get stuck to your teeth in the first place.
When they stick to your teeth, they leave a permanent yellow staining behind on your teeth. Keep in mind that this is true regardless of how much milk or cream you add to your coffee to try to make the beverage “less dark.” In fact, it only takes one cup of coffee a day to stain your teeth!
Prevention & Whitening Yellow Teeth
You don’t want to give up your morning cup of joe, but you don’t want to continue to stain your teeth even further either. So, what you can do?
Avoid Sugar and Creamer
Sugar and creamer can cause the rate of discolouring bacteria to increase.
Drink Coffee in One Sitting
By drinking your cup of coffee in one sitting, you aren’t allowing any of the bacteria to build up throughout the day.
Brush Your Teeth After
Finally, it’s important to brush your teeth after finishing your cup of coffee, as this will remove any of the bacteria and prevent any staining.
When it comes to whitening yellow teeth, you have a couple of options.
Depending upon the severity of the staining, your dentist may be able to remove the stains during your cleaning. Alternatively, you can also have your teeth professionally whitened by your dentist to achieve the best possible results.
If you are interested in whitening yellow teeth and would like to schedule an appointment, contact Metcalfe & Cooper Family Dentistry by calling 613-604-4846 or clicking here. We have been providing affordable dental services for more than three decades.