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How To Help Your Child Cope With Dental Anxiety

How To Help Your Child Cope With Dental Anxiety

A fear of the dentist is not uncommon, particularly among young kids who feel nervous lying back in a chair where they can see lots of dental instruments and hear unfamiliar noises. But this fear can become a problem if it hinders parents from taking their kids to the dentist on a regular basis.

Developing good oral hygiene habits starts young, and keeping dental appointments is a big part of that process.

If your child experiences dental anxiety, follow the following steps to help him or her feel more at ease during their next visit:

To Curb Dental Anxiety, Begin Early

The earlier your child visits the dentist for the first time, the less anxious they’ll be. When they start young, they’ll be more likely to be curious instead of nervous. This will also give them time to get used to their dentist and accustomed to what they can expect. They’ll grow to understand that the dentist isn’t scary and is only there to help them take care of their teeth.

Leave Out The Details

As you prepare your child for a visit, especially for the first visit, keep the explanation simple. If you include too many details, it might raise lots of questions about potential treatments that they might not even require.

Keep a cheerful, positive demeanor when discussing an upcoming dental visit. Avoid making false promises that additional treatment won’t be needed. In the event that more work actually is needed, your child might lose trust in their dentist and in you.

Avoid “Scary” Words

Be careful about using words such as “hurt”, “shot”, or “painful” when discussing the dentist with your kids or within earshot. Give the dental staff the opportunity to introduce terms and words to your children to ease them into the situation.

Many dentists will tell your child that they are simply going to count their teeth and check their smile. Encourage your child by using phrases about their “clean, healthy teeth” to help promote a positive expectation.

Talk About The Importance Of Good Oral Hygiene

Starting when they are young, teach your child that it’s important to take care of their teeth so they can continue to eat delicious food and have a happy smile.

Explain the need for teeth brushing and visiting the dentist. Help your child understand that a dentist is there to help keep cavities away.

Keep A Calm Demeanor

Even with all the prep, it’s normal for young children to wiggle, act anxious, cry, or whine when they visit the dentist for the first time. The dentist is a stranger after all. Calm dental anxiety by remaining calm yourself and not reacting to tears and whining with worried or frantic responses.

Find An Experienced Pediatric Dentist

One of the best ways to calm dental anxiety in your child is by taking them to a dentist who has experience caring for children. Our staff understands that kids are often nervous to go to the dentist and we are here to help ease their fears while taking care of their teeth.

Feel free to visit our offices ahead of your visit and meet our professional, caring staff. You can even bring your child in ahead of time, to see the fun and enjoyable waiting room we have set up just for kids. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about your child’s visit.

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Foods to Avoid If You Want to Keep Your Teeth Brilliantly White

Foods to Avoid If You Want to Keep Your Teeth Brilliantly White

Whitening your teeth at home adds up. Americans spend almost $1.5 billion a year on at home whitening products. That may not sound like a lot of money, but it is approximately $10 per American adult.

The best way to whiten your teeth? Avoid getting them stained in the first place.

Scroll on to see what foods to avoid to keep your smile shine.

Foods to Avoid 101: Tea and Coffee

Few people want to hear that they cannot have their morning coffee. But as often as we drink at least part of this duo, it is important to know what it is doing to your teeth. This is all the more important as we age.

Black tea stains your teeth worse than coffee. Black tea contains a natural group of compounds named tannins. Tannins stick to your teeth because they adhere to enamel proteins.

Coffee drinkers, you are not in the clear, either. Coffee contains tannins as well. It has less of them.

If you are looking for a drink that isn’t as harsh, but will still give you that caffeine fix, try white tea. It is lower in tannins.

If you cannot go without to your cup of joe or tea, try lightening them. Use milk or cream in your tea or coffee. Not only will this lower the tannins impact, but reduce the potential of coffee/tea stain teeth.

Carbonated, Energy, or Sports Drinks

As most people know, these drinks filled with lots of sugar. But it is not only the sweetness that affects your smile.

Many sodas, energy, and sports drinks have very high acidic levels. This acid can erode your enamel. It makes the tooth more vulnerable to discoloration and cavities.

Researchers are trying to see if people can grow back tooth enamel. But it is currently irreplaceable.

So, if one wants to avoid discoloration from these types of drink, try to drink less of them. You can also drink these beverages through a straw if you cannot kick the habit all the way.

Curries and Tomato Sauces

This is bad news for anyone who loves Indian, Thai, or Italian food. Curries and tomato-based sauces are very saturated color-wise. And this is bad for your teeth.

Like the drinks listed above, curries and tomato sauces are very acidic.
One can enjoy these foods still. But use caution.

You can eat spinach before your meal to help balance out the acid intake. And if all else fails, chew some sugar-free gum after the meal.

Berries

Berries contain a chemical called chromogens. Chromogens is a fancy word for these vivid pigments that will stick to your teeth.

Berries are in quite a few foods. Between juices, fruit salads, and pies: berries are in lots of things. Berries of all types will stain your teeth.

If you want to continue eating berries, do as such in moderation. Try to eat paler fruits and vegetables. Pineapples, cauliflower, apples, pears, and cucumbers are all foods that make your teeth whiter by boosting your saliva production.

Keep Your Smile Bright

There are several foods to avoid if you want the perfect smile. But remember not to be too hard on yourself. Again, all things are fine in moderation and can fit into your life with a healthy dental plan.

Have any questions or inquiries on how to make your smile whiter? Please feel free to contact us!

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Debunking 5 Commonly Believed Dental Hygiene Myths

Your dental health does more for you than just keep your smile looking great. It’s also pivotal in the health of your body overall helping keep you from coming down with illnesses extending from heart disease to cancer.

In an effort to better educate people on the importance of proper dental hygiene, our team has put together this article outlining a wide variety of dental myths and facts.

Use the below oral care truths to help shape your daily care routine and keep moving towards being your best most healthy self!

Myth #1. You Should Only Visit the Dentist If You Have a Problem

This is a dental health myth that can lead to dangerous degenerative conditions forming in patients. Truly, preventive care is better than any cure dental science can come up with.

For that reason, it’s essential to visit a dentist at least twice a year for a check up and cleaning to preserve your health. Preventative care will also save you money fixing costly issues down the line.

Myth #2. It Doesn’t Matter What Time You Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth regularly is a good idea despite the time of the day. Still, there are times when it’s most beneficial to brush.

Typically, dentists will recommend patients brush at least two times per day, once in the morning and once before going to bed. Brushing between meals can also be a good practice with a high-quality tooth paste.

Myth #3. Oral Health Deterioration is Natural with Aging

You should never predispose yourself to bad oral health because you’re getting older. With a good dental routine, you can expect high-quality teeth and gums well into your years as a senior citizen.

On the flip side, just because you’re young does not mean your teeth are healthy. It’s very common for teenagers and young adults to have severe tooth decay.

Myth #4. Diet Sodas Won’t Effect My Dental Health Because They’re Sugar Free

It’s true, sugars cause cavities and diet drinks don’t have sugar in them usually. That’s not to say though that they can’t effect your dental hygiene.

Sodas, diet or not, are highly acidic and often pack PH levels just 2 or 3 levels above batteries. This can lead to acid forming bacteria which can destroy tooth enamel and lead to early decay.

Myth #5. Flossing Can Cause Tooth Gaps

Many people don’t want to floss because they’re afraid of creating tooth gaps. The truth is, given that flossing removes food particles and other items nested between your teeth, flossing actually helps prevent deterioration and gaps.

Typically, people who add flossing to their routine may experience minor bleeding. After some consistency though, this bleeding should subside.

If bleeding does not decrease, it could be a sign of gum disease which you would need to see a dental professional for.

Wrapping Up Dental Hygiene Myths

Above are just a few of the many dental hygiene myths that often keep people from forming an adequate oral health routine. At the end of the day, if you ever have questions as to your activities and their effect on your teeth, talk to a dental professional.

A dental professional will always be able to put into perspective things you may have heard and help guide you to a shining, healthy smile!

If you’re in the Fredericksburg, VA area and are looking for a premiere partner in oral health, look no further than Serene Smiles. At Serene Smiles, we’ve enabled children and adults alike to achieve optimal dental hygiene at affordable prices.

Let us take our expertise and help you!

Contact us today to schedule your first appointment!

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5 Reasons to Consider Getting a Dental Filling

Did you know that adults 20 to 65 have an average of 3 decayed or missing teeth? Unfortunately, people sometimes don’t like going to the dentist, or they don’t have insurance to help cover the costs.

If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist chair, you might be wondering, “Is this a simple cleaning?” Or worse, “Do I need a filling?”

And of course, “WHY do I need a filling?”

Believe it or not, there are several reasons why people need a filling. And it’s not just signs of a cavity.

Here are 5 reasons to consider getting a dental filling.

1) A Cavity

This might be the most common reason for a filling. The good news is that not all cavities need fillings. Sometimes your dentist will want to just “keep an eye” on smaller ones. The dentist will check to see if the cavity repairs itself which saves you from the drill.

Only leave the cavity unfilled if it’s recommended by your dentist. Putting off the dental filling can complicate your oral health and increase your dental bills later on.

2) Cracked Tooth

If you start to feel pain near a certain tooth, it’s a potential crack. Cracks can develop either because you grind your teeth or clench your teeth together.

They can also happen if you bite too hard on something crunchy such as popcorn or hard candy. If the crack is discovered early, the dentist will treat it just like a cavity.

First, they will clean the inside so all the bacteria is removed. Then, they will fill the empty space. Similiar to what happens when you get a filling.

On the other hand, one can also chip a tooth. The dentist uses the same filling for a cracked tooth, but it’s more rebuilding your tooth’s shape.

The dentist might refer to this as “dental bonding.”

3) Loss of Tooth Structure

Losing your tooth structure can interfere with your smile, speech, and chewing. The three main ways to wear down your teeth are abrasion, attrition, and erosion.

Dental abrasion is loss of hard tooth surfaces caused by incorrect brushing habits, using your teeth as a tool (to open bottles, to hold pins or nails, etc.), or when tongue jewelry hits teeth and wears down tooth surfaces.

Dental Attrition is tooth structure loss caused by mastication or grinding of your teeth.

Dental Erosion is tooth loss from chemical substances, like acidic foods and beverages (coffee, sodas, etc.), or from suffers of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and certain eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.

You can prevent these conditions by avoid soda, trying not to grind your teeth, and don’t use your teeth as tools.

Wearing down your tooth structure can lead to fillings. The more you take care of your teeth, the less chance of a filling.

4) Discoloration

Another reason for a dental filling is to cover up discolored teeth.

Your teeth can become discolored from antibiotics, tobacco use, coffee, tea, soda, etc.

If antibiotics are causing your discoloration, let your doctor know that the antibiotics stain your teeth and find out what other medications you can use to prevent that.

5) Replace an Old Dental Filling

Some people think that a dental filling is permanent so they don’t have to visit the dentist again.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

A dental filling can wear down, crack, and chip with time. Sometimes, they even fall out. No need to panic if it does, just call your dentist and have them refill it so no bacteria gets in.

How We Can Help

At Serene Smiles of Fredericksburg, our staff is ready to help you with all your dental needs.

Whether it’s an emergency visit or performing a dental filling, we can help. So contact us today with any questions/concerns you may have.

We look forward to seeing you!

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What to Expect During Your First Dentist Appointment

What to Expect During Your First Dentist Appointment

Change is hard, and it’s worth celebrating that you’ve finally considered taking the plunge to invest your time with a new dentist.

You may feel nervous or anxious about going to a new place for the first time. After all, many Americans suffer from dental anxiety. But you shouldn’t worry. The more you know about what to expect from your first dentist appointment the less anxious you will likely be.

Read on and we’ll discuss the typical in and outs of your first meeting so that you can go into the experience informed and comfortable.

Welcoming, Peaceful Office

For many people, coming to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience. We’ve designed our office to encourage calm and peaceful thoughts, and to make you feel welcome from your very first steps into our office.

In our waiting room, you’ll enjoy plush leather recliners and sofas, cozy blankets, and soft throw pillows to make your wait as relaxing as possible. Help yourself to a cup of coffee or tea from our Keurig machine or a bottle of cold water from our convenience area as you enjoy the peaceful plants and natural light in our waiting room.

Your wait won’t be long – our friendly staff will greet you by name very shortly to bring you to our quiet exam rooms. Each room has a beautiful picturesque window which you can enjoy watching the birds eat from the bird feeders and the beautiful flowers in our manicured gardens surrounding our building.

X-Rays

Your first dental appointment will take care of a few housekeeping items. Our office will need new X-rays unless your previous dental office shared your records. These include bitewings and panoramic x-rays.

Bitewing X-rays are used to detect tooth decay, bone loss, gum damage or disease, and infection. Panoramic X-rays are used to check for bone abnormalities, tumors, and more. These X-Rays are one of the best tools dentists have in checking the current status of your teeth.

You will be fitted with a lead or lead-free apron to reduce radiation exposure, and the X-ray process typically doesn’t take longer than a few minutes.

Dental Exam

If it’s your first time at our office, chances are your first visit will feature a comprehensive dental exam. During this exam, your dentist will check your mouth and teeth for any potential problems, including signs of decay.

Your dentist will talk with you through any problems or discomforts you’ve been having. They can discuss with you an individual treatment plan for your future oral health.

Your first visit is a great time to start building a personalized and trusting relationship with your dentist that can last years and years.

Dental Cleaning

Part of your first dental visit will also include a standard cleaning of your teeth, known more formally as a dental prophylaxis. These cleanings are typically scheduled on a six-month basis and are essential in maintaining maximum oral health.

During a cleaning, a licensed dental hygienist will remove plaque from your teeth using a variety of specialized instruments. Following plaque removal, a ‘polish’ will be applied to your teeth for a perfect minty fresh clean.

Payment and Scheduling

Following your first visit, you will likely spend a few minutes with the administrative staff to discuss payment and your future visits. If you have dental insurance, the administrative staff will work with you and your insurer to figure out how much your visit is covered by insurance. If you do not have insurance, be sure to ask about alternative payment options and our Dental Savings Plan to make dental procedures more affordable.

Because cleanings and inspections are recommended every six months, the staff will assist you in picking a tentative next date for your follow-up visit.

Your First Dentist Appointment

We’re so excited to see you on your first dentist appointment and looking forward to having you as part of our Serene Smiles family. Changing to a new dentist can be nerve-wracking. But the knowledge above should allow you to feel more relaxed and comfortable on your first visit.

Check out our blog for more helpful information on oral health and dentistry practices.

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5 Ways Natural Dental Care Can Benefit More Than Just Your Teeth

5 Ways Natural Dental Care Can Benefit More Than Just Your Teeth

According to the American Dental Association, your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. They stress the importance of taking care of it, and they aren’t the only ones.

Of course, dental care is not always easy. It does take some time to keep up with your dental routines, but it takes even more money. In 2015 alone, Americans spent $117.5 billion on dental care services. Additionally, nearly 60% of Americans who don’t frequent the dentist cite the cost as the reason why.

Fortunately, there are many natural dental care methods you can pursue to keep yourself healthy and lower your costs. Check out these five ways natural dentistry can help.

1. Alternative Choices for Fillings

In the past, people exposed themselves to a lot of things that they didn’t know were unhealthy – one of those things was mercury. That’s how we got the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

Unfortunately, amalgam fillings contain around 50% mercury. While the Food and Drug Administration has asserted the safety of dental amalgam, not everyone is convinced. In fact, many people are looking for natural dentists to remove their mercury fillings.

Thankfully, there are alternatives to mercury fillings. In natural dentistry, your dentist can use a resin to do the same job.

2. Teeth Whitening Options

There is a reason why only licensed professionals can offer teeth whitening services – traditional bleaching agents can be quite dangerous.

There have been cases where non-professionals have caused chemical burns to their customers. Some of those customers have even gotten ill from accidentally swallowing the product.

Through natural dental care, a natural dentist will use something more gentle, like hydrogen peroxide.

3. Options to Avoid Metals

Many people are particularly sensitive to metals. Their bodies experience unpleasant reactions when exposed to it. This can be an issue when seeking dental work.

With natural dental care, however, you can avoid the use of metals when correcting your teeth. Natural dentistry uses clear aligners made of resin rather than metal braces.

4. Fewer X-Rays

Everyone knows that x-rays expose you to radiation, but most people don’t actively try to reduce their exposure.

Natural dentists know this, and they are careful about ordering x-rays. This is an advantage that some other health care professionals don’t consider, especially because it means the insurance bill will be lower as a result.

5. Consider Your Whole Health

Natural dentists will not only avoid amalgam fillings, but they will also try to find the best materials and treatments to suit your unique body.

This means your dentist might order blood work or discuss your general health to understand your needs. This is to help avoid any sensitivity issues that may be completely unique to you.

More on Natural Dental Care

While you can try many natural dental care methods at home, it’s best to consult a professional. Natural dentistry is an entire field, and there are natural dentists out there ready to discuss your options. Improving your dental health means improving your quality of life.

You may be wondering, “Is there a natural dentist near me?” If so, give Serene Smiles of Fredericksburg a call today.

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What To Expect From Your New Natural Pediatric Dentist

What To Expect From Your New Natural Pediatric Dentist

Going to the dentist can be a stressful experience, especially for children. Luckily, you can make the trip better by taking your little one to a natural pediatric dentist.

Natural dentistry, or biological dentistry, is the newest way to take care of your oral health. Compared to traditional procedures, it’s a lot safer and less invasive.

There are plenty of things to expect as a parent when taking your child to the dentist. It’s important to take these factors into consideration if you’re thinking of making the switch from traditional dentistry once and for all.

Here are some things you can expect.

Personal Care

Natural dentists are nothing like normal dentists in the sense that they can offer unparalleled personal care.

When you visit an office offering “natural dentistry,” you can expect to go into an office where you are known by name.

These folks spend their time working with people and listening to their needs. You’ll feel like your child is in good hands because the dentist is going to be focused and concerned about your little one from the moment you step in the office.

It’s a fantastic feeling knowing that you’re getting taken care of by someone who really knows you and your child, and doesn’t treat you like “just another patient.”

Safe Procedures

These types of dentists make sure that all of their procedures are safe, natural, and non-toxic.

A great example is fillings. If your little one has to get fillings, you don’t need to worry about mercury or other harmful chemicals in the material.

Natural dentists strive to find ingredients and methods that help patients without the concern of toxic material in the mix.

You can rest easy knowing that your little one is getting the care that they need — without all of the side effects.

Body Health

Natural pediatric dentists don’t just focus on oral health; they emphasize full body health. They can give you advice on how to keep your child happy and healthy.

They may suggest changes in their diet, for example. They understand the nuances that other “traditional” dentists may miss. It’s great to have this kind of healthcare from someone you trust.

Many people trust their natural dentist because they have experience in both dentistry and understand how to properly care for the human body. This is especially true regarding our children — who sometimes need special care.

Find the Best Natural Pediatric Dentist

As you see, natural dentists are different from traditional dentists in many ways. They have a lot to offer for parents looking to make sure their children are cared for on an individual basis with special natural procedures.

Do you think that it’s finally time to make the switch to a natural pediatric dentist? If so, get in touch with us so we can show you why more people are making the switch.

We have a lot to offer both you and your child. Let us show you why natural dentistry is the future!

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Mother’s Day Gift Drawing

For many people, mom was the first person to teach us lots of things, including how to brush our teeth and the importance of keeping our teeth clean. So to thank all the mothers (and grandmothers, step-mothers, foster mothers, and everyone filling the role of “mother”), we’d like to say THANK YOU!

And we want to help you say “thank you” as well!

Now through Friday, stop by Serene Smiles of Fredericksburg and enter your mom’s name into our Mother’s day drawing. She’ll be entered to win either a Sonicare Electric Toothbrush or a gift card. Plus, every name entered will win a FREE dental hygiene kit!

So stop by today and enter!

(Rules: You must enter in-person, by filling out the form at Serene Smiles of Fredericksburg. Drawing will be held on or before May 14, 2018. Winners will need to pick up gifts in-person at Serene Smiles of Fredericksburg. Additional guidelines subject to Serene Smiles of Fredericksburg personnel.)

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Why You Need To See A Dentist About Sleep Apnea Therapy

Why You Need To See A Dentist About Sleep Apnea Therapy

Sleep apnea is a serious problem, and if you’re suffering through it, then you’ve probably wondered about what’s going on and how you can fix it.

What if I told you it had something to do with your oral health?

Most people wouldn’t think to start with their mouths to find clues about their sleeping problems, but more often than not that’s where it occurs.

Luckily for you, there’s a solution to this: Sleep Apnea Therapy. By going through therapy, you could find a way to end your sleeping problems, and a dentist can help you to get started.

Before we get into to that, let’s find out how sleep apnea occurs and ways that you can go about treating it.

Where the Problem Starts

For starters, your sleep apnea may be occurring because you can’t breathe properly through your mouth while you sleep.

This could be caused by a number of factors, such as the muscles in the back of your throat becoming too relaxed, or your tongue being too large, or even the jaw being too small.

In any case, the result is the same: your airway becomes obstructed, and you wake up in the middle of the night because of the lack of oxygen.

This could cause you to wake up any number of times from your sleep, leaving you depressed and deprived of energy.

If the problem is left untreated for too long, it could lead to symptoms such as worn teeth, weight gain, high blood pressure, and even heart disease.

Contrary to what you may have believed, this is actually a very common condition. In fact, millions of Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, so you’re definitely not alone in your struggle.

Now that you know more about what causes these problems, it’s time to learn what can be done to help you sleep better.

Types of Sleep Apnea Therapy

When it comes to obstructive sleep apnea, a great first step is to talk to your dentist. They specialize in oral health, and they would be the best ones to tell you how severe your obstruction is and what can be done to treat it.

Your dentist will do a full oral examination to find out what exactly is causing your sleep apnea, and they’ll follow up with some questions about the quality of your sleep.

Be honest with them; the more that they know, the better they can tailor a therapy program to fit your needs.

Your dentist may recommend that you use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine or the CPAP. This is the most popular choice for both dentists and patients and is considered to be the most effective.

The CPAP works by forcing healthy amounts of oxygen into the throat as you sleep, so your body gets the air it needs to sleep easier. It’s also very easy to install and use.

There are some people who can’t or don’t want to use a CPAP machine. If that’s you, don’t worry – there are other methods to try.

Another option would be to get an oral appliance. This involves getting a customized splint that you could wear at night to keep your tongue and jaw from collapsing in on your airway while you sleep.

Many people like this option because unlike the CPAP, it’s small and portable, making it perfect for those who are always on the go.

You can also try something called positional therapy.

Most people who have sleep apnea take their naps on their back, which causes the tongue and jaw muscles to close up around the throat.

With positional therapy, you wear a device around your body that keeps you from sleeping on your back and makes you sleep on your side. This should allow you to open up your airways and breathe easier.

No matter what option you choose, rest assured that sleep apnea therapy will give you a better night’s sleep.

Give Us a Call

When it comes to oral health, no one does it like we do. We strive to offer personalized services, answer any important questions, and give you the all-around dental care you deserve.

If you’re someone who values a long-term relationship with your dentist, we are the dentists for you. Reach out to us to learn more about what we can offer you and your family. We look forward to hearing from you.

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5 Common Causes of Yellow Teeth

5 Common Causes Of Yellow Teeth

Are you embarrassed by your smile because of your yellow teeth? If so, you’re not alone.

Thousands of people have — or will have, at some point — yellow teeth.

Here are five of the most common causes of tooth discoloration and what you can do about them.

1. An Acid-Rich Diet

When we think about our diet, we often think about whether or not what we’re eating is healthy. While that’s certainly important, it’s also necessary to consider the effects of our diet on our teeth.

Certain foods, particularly ones rich in acid, tend to accelerate discoloration and weaken enamel over time. Here are some of the most common offenders.

Beverages

  • Wine
  • Coffee
  • Soda
  • Juice

Foods

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Berries
  • Citrus

As you can see, not all of these foods and drinks are unhealthy. Some, like fruits and vegetables, should even be a staple of your diet.

However, you’ll need to be extra vigilant about brushing after eating or drinking any of the above.

2. Tobacco Use

Each year, tobacco use is responsible for millions of deaths around the globe. Whether inhaled through a cigarette or chewed, tobacco is unhealthy for the entire body, and may even cause yellow teeth.

This is due to the tar and nicotine present in most tobacco-related products. These chemicals weaken your enamel, then sink to the lower levels of your tooth, causing hard to remove stains.

3. Lack of Brushing

Even if you somehow avoid tobacco and acid-rich foods, you’re not necessarily out of the woods.

There’s still no outrunning poor dental hygiene.

If you’re not brushing at least twice per day, you run the risk of accumulating plaque and tartar on your teeth. Once on your enamel, these pesky yellow bacteria are hard to get rid of.

Schedule a cleaning with your local dentist, and ask about special teeth-whitening toothpaste. Yellow teeth aren’t entirely reversible, but if you catch it soon enough, you stand a better chance of keeping a white smile.

4. Aging

Unfortunately, tooth discoloration is pretty much unavoidable. Even if you’re an avid brusher, your teeth may yellow and darken as you get older.

This is quite common, as reported by The New York Times.

As we get older, our enamel gradually weakens, revealing a softer, more vulnerable layer of dentin underneath.

Once exposed, dentin absorbs chemicals more easily than enamel, effectively staining your teeth faster.

5. Genetics

Finally, if you have yellowed teeth, it may not entirely be your fault. To some degree, genetics come into play.

When we think about inherited traits, we often think about hair or eye color. But did you know that you inherit your enamel strength, too?

If your parents or grandparents had discolored teeth, you may be more susceptible to tooth discoloration yourself.

Do You Have Yellow Teeth? Get Your Smile Back!

These five causes of yellowed teeth are all quite common. If you’re interested in getting your smile back, give us a call.

Serene Smiles is dedicated to making your or healthy easy and affordable. Get in touch today and ask how you can schedule a consultation.

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