It’s early in the morning, and you’re in a hurry. You look in the mirror for one final check before you get out the door: straighten your shirt, smooth the flyaways, check your teeth—yikes! When did they get so yellow?
Yellowing can creep up on you little by little, especially if you love your kombucha, green tea, berries, or coffee. If I’m not keeping up on my prevention and maintenance routine, I’ll realize after a couple of weeks that I need to either pop my teeth-whitening trays in for a touch-up or remove staining using my charcoal toothpaste paired with a stain-removing toothbrush head. The good news is that you can always whiten your teeth after they’ve yellowed, but the even better news is that you can also prevent them from yellowing in the first place! Knowing the mechanism of how and why teeth yellow and stain is essential before we get into how to whiten.