Updated: Aug 18, 2021
What Does Yellow Teeth Mean?
This may refer to any of the following:
Your teeth are naturally yellowish or off-white;
Your teeth are stained (for example, from tea, coffee, or smoking);
You have a plaque or tartar build-up;
Your enamel has worn away, revealing the naturally yellowish underlying dentin.
Why do your teeth get yellow?
One of the most frequent causes of yellow teeth is plaque or tartar buildup as a consequence of inadequate brushing and flossing or failing to see a dentist at least once a year for a descale & polish. This may also be the result of surface discoloration from substances such as tea, coffee, cola, and cigarettes. Worse still, it may be due to the enamel being worn away due to excessive brushing or acid damage, revealing the yellowish dentin underneath. Teeth also yellow with age when the enamel thins and the dentin darkens in color.
Are yellow teeth unhealthy?
Yellow teeth are not always harmful; they may be your natural tooth color or stains from things like tea, coffee, and smoking. However, yellow teeth are unhealthy if they are the result of enamel erosion, exposing the underlying dentin, or plaque and tartar build-up, all of which may result in cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss.
Is it necessary for teeth to be white?
No, natural teeth are not white; they are off-white in color, typically with a yellowish or blue-greyish tint. If you encounter someone with a dazzling white grin, it is usually often the result of dental restorations such as veneers or crowns, since the shade of white may be customized.
How can I get rid of yellow teeth?
If your teeth have become discolored as a result of plaque buildup, this may be addressed first with an improved daily teeth-cleaning regimen and a hygiene visit. A thorough dental hygiene regimen, as well as whitening if staining continues, may also help minimize discoloration. However, if the yellowing is caused by exposed dentin underneath worn-down enamel, it cannot be cured or reversed, but a front tooth may be covered with a veneer.