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What does your teeth color say about your oral health?

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Teeth play a vital role in one’s overall personality. Shining white teeth make your smile irresistibly beautiful. Moreover, they also leave a positive impact on the people and may also win you some compliments. That said, not everyone can boast of pure white teeth. Some people have a yellowish hue over their teeth while others may also have brown stains that look even less agreeable. While the lack of oral hygiene is the most quoted reason behind many teeth, it is not the only culprit. Various other factors can interfere with your teeth and tamper their color. Here is a list of some of the common teeth colors and the reason behind this discoloration:

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White teeth

 At the tender young age the teeth are naturally whitest- and it has very little to do with the brand of toothpaste one uses. That’s why the babies’ teeth look so white and shining even without a hard and fast oral care routine. There are two reasons for the same.

First, the dentin found in the teeth of babies has a very light shade of yellow which almost gets covered behind the white translucent enamel thus highlighting only the pure white hue. Secondly, unlike the grown-ups, the children and especially babies don’t consume beverages like tea, coffee, etc. that stain the teeth and it allows their teeth to retain their natural white color.

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Light gray or light yellow teeth

 The whitest color of your baby’s teeth starts losing its shine and shade as they get replaced by the permanent teeth. During this time the dentin in the teeth starts getting a more defined presence in the tooth structure which also affects the teeth color.

With time the dentin starts getting darker and gains more visibility behind the translucent enamel. That’s why the teeth during these growing years start appearing yellowier or sometimes gray.

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Yellow teeth

 While a natural yellowness in teeth is related to some biological factors, the definite and more eloquent yellowish teeth indicate the presence of plaque. Your diet has a specific role to play in determining the color of your teeth. Foods/beverages like tea, coffee, and wine can stain your teeth due to their strong pigments that bond closely with your enamel. Over some time it starts changing your teeth color. Moreover not cleaning your teeth properly forms a layer of plaque on your teeth surface.

To get sustainable relief from this situation you need to act fast and see a dentist. It is equally important to adopt a healthy and more resilient oral healthcare routine. If not treated in a timely fashion it may also have a permanent impact on your teeth giving them an unpleasant yellowish color.

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Brown teeth

 With time the yellow stains start getting darker that ultimately leads your teeth to become brown. However, more often the brown coloring is the result of chewing tobacco and smoking. There are fair chances of this discoloration being a symptom of the tooth decaying process. So, instead of brushing it off as yet another common issue, it is wiser to immediately seek the advice of a qualified dentist or get your teeth treated.

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Reversing discoloration

 While tooth discoloration can seldom be reversed back, it is possible to get back the whitish appeal for that you need to go to the dentist. Instead of directly opting for the cosmetic decoloration methods it is recommended to see your dentists first and seek qualified advice. Every individual has a unique tooth structure and gum strength. Moreover, sensitive teeth can experience complicated issues. Likewise, the whitening process is not advisable for teeth with crown fillings or antibiotics stains. It is an expensive process and so you need to consider your affordability before buying these services.

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