Yellow Teeth and Oral Health

Making teeth whiter is a big industry today! Aside from other dental products and services, people spend billions of dollars annually trying to get a pearly white smile. One of the main reasons people whiten their teeth is because they feel it “looks better than having yellow teeth.” Today’s options make it affordable and convenient to whiten your teeth – especially through dental professionals like the Placerville Dental Group. And with the help of professionals you can stop trying to get white teeth and just let us do it right the first time! But before you start, do yellow teeth indicate poor oral health?

Never Judge a Tooth by Its Color

A nice set of white teeth is appealing, and they often accompany a healthy mouth as a result of a good diet and a well-kept routine in oral hygiene. Yet, white teeth are just as susceptible to cavities, tooth decay, infection and misalignment as teeth of any other color. A person with gingivitis or terrible breath could still have the whitest teeth you’ve ever seen. It’s like the old saying: “Never judge a book by its cover.” A set of perfectly white teeth could be hiding problems deeper in the mouth.

Conversely, a very healthy mouth could house dull yellow teeth just as easily. A person might be fond of certain foods or drinks that stain their teeth, but still live a healthy lifestyle and have great enamel and healthy gums. They might have legitimate reasons for not using any teeth whitening products, or perhaps they haven’t discussed tooth whitening with one of our dentists. The point is that white teeth do not necessarily indicate a healthy mouth, and yellow teeth are not usually a sign of tooth problems.

What’s Important in Tooth Health

Regardless of your tooth color, it’s the health of your teeth that’s important. A proper routine of brushing for two minutes, twice daily, supplemented by flossing daily and mouthwash as needed, is the best way to maintain your oral health. But it doesn’t stop there! Visiting your dentist at the Placerville Dental Group twice a year allows us to catch any issues in their early stages. With modern techniques and equipment, alongside significant experience, we make sure your teeth are in their best shape, no matter their shade.

Of course, if you want to see about making your teeth a few shades whiter, as many of our patients do, please let us know. The Placerville Dental Group offers a variety of processes for whitening your teeth, and we stay well informed. Feel free to give us a call, or schedule an appointment online, so we can show you not only how to maintain a healthy smile, but what you can do to make it shine as well!


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