Coffee, tea, red wine and cigarettes can leave permanent and unpleasant scars on our teeth. However, you can remove these stains using a professional teeth cleaning at the dentist or by using an intensive cleaning paste. But sometimes the food or drinks are not the reason why our teeth color changes. Our teeth can be more yellow, because of the loss of the enamel.

Natural tooth discoloration can be age-related

The hardest substance in our body is the tooth enamel. During time it can wear off and this process can be accelerated with hard toothbrushes, acidic drinks and foods or incorrect brushing.

It is age-related and this process is irreversible, because the enamel does not grow back. It is built up in our body only once.

When the enamel layer becomes thinner, the dentin underneath will look more yellowish. That is why an 80-year old person has darker teeth than a person who is younger.

Consult with a dentist before the whitening process

Remember that it is very important to make a consultation with your dentist before you decide to whiten your teeth. Your dentist will investigate the cause for the discoloration.

Gentle cleaning to stop the loss of the enamel

In order to prevent a rapid progression of the enamel loss, the teeth should be cleaned with less abrasive toothpastes. The perfect choice will be those that contain gentle abrasive particles.

In addition, it is important to choose the right toothbrush and to use a proper brushing technique. Anyone who “scrubs” with brushes that are too hard can cause damage to the enamel and the gums as well. The results can be sensitive teeth and exposed root surfaces.