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If your teeth are turning yellow, you may feel self-conscious about how they look, the condition could be linked to any number of things, some of which could use the attention of a dentist.

If your enamel is starting to wear away, the dentin underneath, which is yellow in color, may become visible. Tobacco can cause cancer and contribute to gum disease, but it also contains nicotine, which can stain your teeth yellow. Of course, your diet may be one of the biggest culprits behind your yellow teeth. Coffee, tea, wine and soft drinks can add to the yellow tint. Your teeth can also be stained by dark colored food. A trauma to your mouth may damage the enamel and the interior of your tooth, which can in turn cause bleeding, giving your teeth a yellow cast.

Your teeth can also be damaged by bruxism, which is the grinding and clenching of your teeth can damage the enamel, which cause your teeth to yellow. If your child receives too much fluoride and they have teeth that still have yet to erupt, those teeth can be discolored. Some antibiotics that contain tetracycline can also lead to teeth that are stained before they come in. This can also occur if your mother took them during the second half of her pregnancy, or if you took them before you were eight years old. Genetics can also play a role in the color of your teeth.

If you are concerned about the color of your teeth, you should schedule an exam and a consultation with your dentist. Depending on the cause of your discoloration, your dentist may be able to give you an in-office whitening treatment, or the color of your teeth may need to be corrected with a crown, veneer or a dental bond. Our dentist, Dr. James McAllister will be happy to see you for a cleaning and exam, and to talk with you about your options. If you live in the Indianapolis, Indiana area and would like to schedule an appointment at East Indianapolis Dental Associates you can call 317-357-8548 today. Let us help you get the smile of your dreams!