Whiter Teeth are not necessarily healthier teeth or even stronger teeth. In fact, for the most part, slightly yellow teeth are both stronger and healthier than white teeth. Granted, teeth that look darkened or have stains are not usually healthy, but teeth with a light yellow cast are normal.
Science Focus magazine explains why natural, strong teeth are not white. They are a few shades darker than white paper or piano keys. Tooth enamel is whitish-blue in color, but the dentin underneath it is either light gray or yellow. Because enamel is also translucent, the dentin color shows through the enamel layer and creates a yellow or gray cast on the tooth.
Can Bleaching Teeth Harm Them?
Bleaching products can sometimes damage tooth enamel, and they can also irritate gums and create tooth sensitivity.
If You Still Long for Whiter Teeth, What Can Help?
Certain foods help you have whiter teeth and do not damage tooth enamel. (Reference: Reader’s Digest)
- Cheese and yoghurt
- Seeds and nuts
What Foods Stain Your Teeth?
Avoid the following foods and beverages:
- Acidic beverages (coffee, tea and soda)
- Red wine
- Dark salad dressings (balsamic vinegar)
- Tomato based sauces
Are There Other Harmless Ways to Whiten Your Teeth?
Yes, you can use the following:
- Electric toothbrush. It can break up the staining process.
- Toothpaste with activated charcoal. Used in moderation, it can help remove stains and is not harmful.
- Toothpaste containing baking soda. Baking soda helps remove stains and plaque.
- Teeth whitening trays (under dental care).A dentist can help ensure healthy use.
- Turmeric. Mix turmeric with coconut oil and swish the mixture in your mouth for a few minutes daily or a few times a week.
Do You Have Questions about Taking Care of Your Teeth?
Our dentists and staff at Hutto Hippo Family Dental are glad to answer your questions and offer tips for dental care.