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Yellow Teeth: Causes, Preventing, Whitening

by Nicole C. Bridge
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A good dental hygiene regimen is the first step toward having a sparkling smile. However, if regular brushing is not improving your yellow teeth, it might be time to add some punch to the old routine. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry published a study that found smiling helps make you look younger, more attractive and appear "upbeat." Yellow teeth could have the exact opposite effect. Here's what you need to know to help correct that.

Why Do My Teeth Look Yellow?

There are lots of things that cause tooth discoloration. It might be due to frequent consumption of food and drinks that stain the surface of your teeth. Or maybe your enamel is thinning, which reveals the yellowish layer of dentin within your tooth. Something could have happened while your teeth were still forming like trauma to the mouth or over-exposure to fluoride. Sometimes the problem just runs in the family.

How Can I Whiten Yellow Teeth?

There are lots of over-the-counter products that, if used correctly, can help you whiten your yellow teeth right at home. The best way to get fast results is to set up a firm routine that you can stick to until you get the results you want. Brush twice a day with a whitening toothpaste formulated with a bleaching agent, like Colgate® Optic White® High Impact White. Optic White® toothpaste uses a concentration of hydrogen peroxide that is gentle on your enamel and safe for daily use. It also includes fluoride to protect against cavities. After brushing, rinse with Colgate® Optic White® Whitening Mouthwash that will help form a protective seal against new stains.

For extra whitening power, end your new routine with a whitening gel. The Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen is easy to use. The toothbrush is engineered with polishing cups that help lift surface stains. The whitening pen dispenses a fast-drying whitening gel that adheres to your teeth right away. You don't even have to rinse! The gel starts to work its whitening magic after only a day, and if you use it as directed, you can deeply whiten your teeth up to five shades lighter in just three weeks.

How Can I Prevent Further Yellowing?

While you're sticking to your new whitening routine, try to reduce exposure to dark foods and drinks that cause staining. When you do consume dark drinks, use a straw or rinse with water when you're finished. Talk to your dentist too. If your yellow teeth are severe, perhaps you can start your whitening regimen with some professional help. All whitening is only temporary, so establish a maintenance plan to keep your teeth white between treatments.

Go ahead and get started! Bring the dazzle back to that beautiful smile!

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