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Would you like 2019 to be the year where you obtain your best possible smile? If so, you may be wondering how to get whiter teeth. The first step to fixing any discoloration issue is to understand the possible root cause of the problem. While your dentist at Downtown Dental will certainly be able to help you solve this mystery, there are a few likely causes that could be at the bottom of it. Here are four possible reasons why you may suffer from tooth discoloration.

1. Certain foods and beverages can stain your teeth.

It may come as no surprise to you that foods and beverages are a common cause of stains on your teeth. However, coffee, tea, and wine are not the only culprits. Stains on your teeth can be caused by certain sauces like BBQ sauce, ketchup, and marinara. You should also avoid curry, turmeric, balsamic vinegar, and paprika. Finally, you’ll want to skip the sugary sweets and colas as well, as these can lead to stain-causing tooth decay.

2. Using tobacco products can lead to tooth discoloration.

Smoking cigarettes can cause a number of oral health issues, including stained teeth. The tar in cigarettes leaves a brownish stain on the dental enamel, and the nicotine takes on a yellow tint when it comes into contact with oxygen. Smokers are also more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease, which both damages your oral health and discolors your teeth. Therefore, quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your oral health.

3. Age can also be the culprit.

Unfortunately, tooth discoloration is often just a part of the aging process. As you age, your dental enamel becomes thinner. This allows the dentin layer just beneath the surface to show through. This layer of your teeth is naturally yellow, and therefore gives your teeth a slightly yellow appearance. Additionally, you may find that your teeth take on a darker shade. This is a result of your increased dentin layer and decreased pulp. When these two layers change over time, your teeth become less translucent, making them slightly darker.

4. You may need to enhance your dental hygiene routine.

Without a solid dental hygiene routine, you cannot maintain a bright white smile. Not only does inadequate brushing allow for plaque and staining food/beverage particles to remain on your teeth, but it also impacts the health of your teeth and gums. Gingivitis and tooth decay are often a direct result of your dental hygiene routine, and these can leave a yellow, dull appearance to your teeth.

Would you like to obtain a beautiful white smile? The answer may be as simple as scheduling a routine teeth cleaning! However, you might also consider booking a professional teeth whitening treatment to help you start the new year on the right foot. To schedule your appointment or ask about your options, call Downtown Dental in River North and the Loop today.