Dr. Todd Corbitt

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The Surprising Reasons Why Your Teeth Are Yellow

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We all want to have brilliant, bright white smiles, but the truth is that there are many factors that contribute to the yellowing of our teeth, some of which are rather surprising:



One of the most obvious culprits is what we put in our mouths. Some of the foods we eat like berries and tomatoes are unassuming, but lead to staining. Drinks like coffee, tea, and wine contain tannins that discolor teeth and even sugary sodas are guilty.

Coffee may be hard to give up, but heed this advice: after drinking a cup, swish your mouth out with some water. Even better would be to swish with mouthwash if you have it handy.

Removing the coffee from the surface of your teeth after drinking it will wash it off and prevent the stains from settling in so easily. If you have stained teeth from years of java-drinking, don’t despair, our professional teeth whitening can truly do wonders for your smile!

With professional teeth whitening, you can continue sipping and eating your favorite food and drink without any of the worry of teeth staining.

Smoking and chewing tobacco.

It’s no surprise that tobacco is a major offender when it comes to yellowing your teeth. A lifetime of smoking can have major adverse effects on the health of your teeth as well as your overall health.

Poor brushing habits.

No matter what your diet, regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash is necessary to prevent plaque buildup which eventually leads to the discoloration of your teeth.

Medications or illness.

Antibiotics and certain other medications can cause your teeth to turn yellow as can certain diseases or even treatments for diseases like chemotherapy.


As we age, a lifetime of wear and tear on our teeth enamel causes it to erode and the yellow dentin underneath begins to show through.


As with so many other human characteristics, sometimes it’s just a matter of genetics. Some people simply have teeth that are whiter or more yellow than others just as we have different colors of hair, eyes, or skin.

No matter what the reasons for your yellow teeth, whether it’s genetic or it’s your love of red wine, McKinley Crossing Dental can help. Our professional cosmetic services include veneers and custom teeth whitening to help you put your brightest, whitest smile forward. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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