Common Reasons Why Your Teeth May Not Be As White As You’d Like

Submited by Sonoma Smiles on July 25, 2019

Reasons for yellow teeth in Rohnert Park

Did you used to enjoy a bright, white smile, but now find that your teeth are more of a yellow color? You are not alone. Many factors can dull your smile’s sparkle.

In the following post, Dr. Wayne Sutton discusses some common reasons why your teeth may not be as white as you’d like. At the end of the post, Dr. Sutton reveals how he helps patients recapture a dazzling white smile.

Staining from Foods and Beverages

What you eat can have a noticeable effect on the color of your teeth. Many tooth stains are caused by drinking beverages like coffee, tea, red wine and colas. Certain foods like berries, beets, curry and tomato sauce can also cause stains.

Although beverages like sports drinks and clear carbonated beverages don’t cause stains themselves, they contain acids that can make your teeth more susceptible to staining from colored foods and beverages.

Tobacco Use

Another common cause of tooth stains is smoking or using chewing tobacco. The tar, nicotine and other chemicals in cigarette smoke can stain or yellow the teeth. Although not as bad as traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes still have nicotine, which can yellow the teeth.

Poor Oral Hygiene

Have you slacked on your at-home oral hygiene habits? Inadequate brushing and flossing leaves behind food particles, which can mix with the bacteria in your mouth and form a clear, sticky film called plaque that coats the teeth. Plaque can be colorless or pale yellow.

Advancing Age

As we age, the outer layer of tooth enamel gradually wears away, revealing the darker and yellower layer of dentin.

Excessive Fluoride

Excessive exposure to fluoride, either from high fluoride levels in water or fluoride rinses, toothpastes or mouth rinses, can cause the teeth to discolor.


An injury or trauma to the mouth can cause the teeth to darken or discolor.

Reclaim a Dazzling White Smile

Dr. Sutton has helped countless people enjoy a whiter, brighter smile through in-office teeth whitening treatment with the KoR system. He and his team use professional whitening products to break up stains and lighten the color of the teeth. The process is safe, quick and very effective.

To learn more about professional teeth whitening, please call or email our dental practice today.

Sonoma Smiles:
Wayne Sutton, DDS

1330 Medical Center Dr #1
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 585-2555
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