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White Teeth and Your Diet: What’s the link?

White Teeth and Your Diet: What’s the link?

A quick Google search reveals tens of thousands of articles promising you whiter teeth if you simply eat more coconut oil, cauliflower, strawberries, and any number of other things. Unfortunately, that is not how your teeth work.

What causes yellow teeth?

The colour of your teeth is determined by a wide range of factors.  Some of these factors can be controlled, but there are some that we just have to live with.

Your teeth naturally begin to discolour as you age, so you should expect them to become gradually more yellow or brownish over time.  

Genetics impacts tooth colour as well.  Some people are simply born with whiter teeth.  There are conditions that affect the development  of tooth structure and that can cause discoloration.

There is a link between white teeth and your diet.

Over time your teeth are exposed to various staining foods.  It makes sense then that the older we are, the less white are teeth will appear.

While food won’t help your teeth become whiter, there are certain foods and beverages you should avoid if you want white teeth.

Foods to avoid for white teeth

  • Red wine
  • Turmeric
  • Curry
  • Blueberries
  • Tea
  • Coffee

Besides causing increased incidences of cavities, periodontal (gum) disease and oral cancer, smoking can also yellow teeth.  It’s best to quit!

Man giving blueberries the thumbs down as they can stain white teeth
Afro american man with dreadlocks holding blueberries over isolated yellow background with angry face, negative sign showing dislike with thumbs down, rejection concept

Finally, your Canyon Dental dentists recommend that you avoid pop. Its acidity and high sugar content can damage the enamel on your teeth causing caries (cavities.)  Caries manifest themselves as yellow, brown or black lesions.

Read more about the effect of sugar on your oral health.

How to remove teeth stains

If your teeth are already stained, a visit to the dentist is the first step towards achieving the whiter, brighter smile you want. In fact, regular visits to the dentist for check-ups and cleaning are essential if you want your smile to remain healthy throughout your lifetime.

Cleaning and polishing by a dental hygienist

The primary goal of scaling (cleaning) is to prevent tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.  Your dental hygienist will scale your teeth to remove plaque and tartar.  Then, they’ll use gritty “toothpaste” to gently scrub and polish your teeth.  Polishings will rid your mouth of the discoloration caused by plaque and tartar. It can significantly improve the whiteness of your teeth.

Dental Professional using tools to inspect a patient's teeth

Are stained teeth unhealthy?

While staining can be a sign of an issue, stained teeth can be completely healthy.  Again, you should expect your teeth to appear more yellow over time.  Discoloured teeth can be a sign that your teeth are harbouring plaque and tartar, or dental caries (cavities.)  This can lead to gum disease down the line.  In these cases, your yellow teeth might be unhealthy.

The best way to be sure is to see your Canyon Dental dentist.

How to whiten your teeth

Carbamide peroxide whitens teeth. This chemical acts as a bleaching agent for your teeth.  More accurately, it bleaches the stains on your teeth.

Professional Teeth Bleaching

Both over-the-counter (OTC) and professional bleaching kits contain carbamide peroxide. But professional bleaching is typically stronger than what you can get over the counter.

Working with your dentist to achieve the pearly whites of your dreams can prevent the inadvertent damaging your gums. The trip to the dentist will also give you peace of mind that the treatment you have chosen is the best treatment – healthwise and esthetically – for you and your smile. 

You’ll see better results faster with professional teeth bleaching. Read more about getting your teeth whitened in Calgary here.

For a whiter smile…

Visit your Canyon Dental dentist to discuss your options for a whiter, brighter smile.

While it is not as easy as just eating cauliflower, we’ll work with you to get the results you are dreaming of.

Get in touch to book an appointment today.