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Do you ever wonder why your smile begins its life with a brilliant, white color, but it tends to fade away with time? If so, our Kenai Dental Clinic team is happy to tell you why! There are many things in this world that cause a dull, yellow smile, and those things are:

-Drinks: Some drinks have intense color pigments, which attach to the white section of your tooth, causing discoloration. The most common teeth-staining drinks are coffee, tea, and red wine.

-Tobacco Use: Tar and nicotine are two chemicals in tobacco products that create stubborn tooth stains. Tar is naturally dark and nicotine turns yellow when it’s mixed with oxygen. It’s best to avoid tobacco products altogether if you want a bright smile.

-Age: As time passes by, the white shell of your teeth tends to wear away, exposing the underlying layer called dentin. Dentin has a yellow tint, so the more your enamel wears away, the more yellow your smile will be.

-Trauma: When you injure your smile, your teeth try to protect themselves by growing additional dentin. Once the dentin grows over your teeth, the white enamel will disappear.

-Medications: Tooth darkening is a common side effect of many medications. Some of the medications that are associated with tooth discoloration include antihistamines, antipsychotics, high blood pressure medication, chemotherapy, and radiation.

If you’re interested in correcting these issues with a teeth-whitening treatment in Kenai, Alaska, please feel free to call 907-283-4875 today and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Glen Lockwood. Our team is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to helping you achieve your smile goals!