St. Paul Cosmetic Dentist on Discoloration and Stains
As a top St. Paul cosmetic dentist, Northwood Dental offers services such as teeth whitening to all of our patients wishing their smile was just a bit brighter. This treatment is so popular because as we age, the structure of our teeth changes naturally and is also affected by our diets- resulting in a digression of color from pearly white to off-yellow. Today we will be looking at the causes of the teeth turning yellow and giving our patients advice on how to stop this unwanted transition in its tracks.
Alluded to above, between aging and acids and sugars eating away at our teeth over time, the enamel, our protective layer of our teeth, is affected adversely. This thinning of the enamel allows for more items, such as coffee or dark pigments, to stain the teeth, but also for a naturally yellow substance at the center of our teeth, called “dentin,” to shine through the more “transparent” teeth as well.
These factors, of course, change with every individual patient. Every patient has a different thickness of enamel, a slightly different shade of dentin in their teeth and also react differently to how acids and sugars damage the teeth.
However, in order to avoid or help battle this discoloration- most patients can refer to the same types of preventive measures. Lower the amount of acids and sugars that are in your diet, as they may be wearing your enamel thin and also causing decay and disease in the mouth. Make sure to brush twice and floss once daily and to drink plenty of water as well. These practices can help keep some of the bacteria that eventually lead to teeth discoloration at bay.
Lastly, always remember that twice-yearly dental cleanings with your St. Paul cosmetic dentists at Northwood Dental are also recommended to maintain a naturally white smile that will last a while.
For an appointment concerning teeth discoloration, biannual cleanings, or any other of your dental concerns, call our office today at (651) 687-0789.