Yellow teeth or cavities in your teeth may not be such an appealing thing if you happen to smile to a person; you have met for the first time. It may be considered bad oral hygiene than anything else. With the arrival of new toothpaste which only claim to drive away all your cavities with no results. Many happen to go to the dentist to get this rectified which may cost a bomb and this can be avoided if go to the root of the problem.

It can be stated as one of the most common problems affecting people nowadays. The yellowing of ones teeth can be sign of lack of dental hygiene. This dental plaque is caused mainly due to the yellowish biofilm which are formed on the teeth. If it is not cleaned properly everyday it can lead to other teeth problems like cavities and inflammation of gums.

Some of the common reasons which we can identify for having yellow teeth is excessive consumption of coffee, tea. Smoking and consumption of foods can deteriorate your teeth. The food which we eat and don’t even bother to clean them after eating is one of the major causes of such problem. Not following the hot and cold cycles which contracts and expands when you eat or drink something cold or hot. This expansion and contraction helps to cause stains as it gets through the teeth. Foods which are very acidic also create stains and yellowing of the teeth.

With increasing age, we tend to lack the same ability to fight cavities and other bacterial attacks on our teeth. The routine oral hygiene also gets affected due to increasing age. As the stain remains on our teeth with less dental hygiene it tends to get much darker and very hard to remove.

Some of the common remedies that many people use at home to avoid yellow stains include:

  • flossing your teeth regularly
  • Rinsing after every meal
  • Polishing your teeth by using a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixture
  • Avoiding starch and sugar
  • Switch to eating more fruits and vegetables which will help your teeth
  • Bleaching them by using of nature’s very own “bleach” – lime juice – A mixture of salt and finely powdered rind of lime can be used as an excellent toothpaste
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid tobacco
  • Avoid smoking
  • Chewing sugar-free chewing gum can help to remove a degree of plaque
  • Adding a drop of clove oil to your toothpaste before brushing your teeth can do wonders for your teeth and breath

While some of these are certainly steps that you should take, before using one such as clove oil please check if you are allergic in order to avoid further complication. Also remember that while the above tips may help reduce or prevent some of the yellowing that can happen over time, regular checkups, cleanings, and more will help to ensure that your teeth remain looking great. For more info on whether you require further teeth whitening, please contact us today.


Dr Sam Burrow D.D.S., D.M.D. – Dr. Burrow was born in Charlotte and moved to Charleston to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Biology at the College of Charleston. He graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and then stayed to earn a D.M.D. with honors at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Burrow completed his orthodontic residency at University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan and is now in practice with his father at Burrow Welchel & Culp Orthodontics in the Charlotte area.