Tea, coffee, cigarettes and red wine can leave unsightly marks on our teeth. With a professional tooth cleaning at the dentist and intensive cleaning pastes you can usually remove these superficial discolorations again. But food and stimulants are not always responsible for a color change of the teeth. The loss of enamel also makes the teeth appear more yellowish.
Natural tooth discoloration also due to age
Enamel is the hardest substance in our body. But he also wears off in the course of our lives. Acid foods and drinks, hard toothbrushes or improper brushing can accelerate this development.
Due to age it comes with the years therefore to a removal of tooth enamel. This process is irreversible because enamel does not "grow" anymore. It is built up by our body only once - during enamel formation at the earliest infancy.
As the enamel layer thins, the underlying more yellowish dentin shines through. That's why the teeth of an 80-year-old appear darker than those of a twenty-year-old.
Consult a dentist before whitening
If you notice a color change on your teeth, you should always consult the dentist to get to the root cause. Homebleaching would not improve the situation with discoloration due to enamel loss. On the contrary, exposed tooth necks may be sensitive to self-imposed bleaching.
In case of discoloration due to loss of enamel clean the teeth gently
In order to prevent a too rapid progression of the enamel loss, the teeth should be cleaned with a few abrasive toothpastes, ie those with particularly gentle plaster bodies.
In addition, it is important to choose the right toothbrush and to check the brushing technique. For those who "scrub" with brushes that are too hard risk not only damage to the enamel, but also the gums. Pain-sensitive teeth, exposed tooth necks and cervical caries can be the result.