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What Causes Teeth to Yellow?
There are many reasons that teeth begin to yellow. Unfortunately, “it’s natural for teeth to get darker as we age,” says Dr. Richard Price, a dentist and national spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA). “The enamel on the tooth wears as we get older, and the inner dentin shows through.”
That dentin has a yellowish tint, causing our teeth to appear more yellow. Other causes include medications, including those for high blood pressure and tetracycline if ingested in childhood, chemotherapy, an excessive amount of fluoride in your water, and trauma to a tooth (like from being hit in the mouth).
Flip through the slideshow below to learn some easy ways to restore your yellowed teeth.
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