It is surprisingly common to have yellow or stained teeth. In fact, a large number of people edit their photos to hide the yellowness. Moreover, some even shy away from openly smiling due to the fear of being judged.
Teeth are an important part of your personality and a lot of people will make an impression of you based on how you look. This is why it can be a confidence booster to have a shiny, white set of teeth.
While the best option is to opt for teeth whitening procedures, you may not always need professional help. Some minor progress can be made with home remedies.
What Causes Yellow Teeth?
Some of us are born with slightly yellow teeth and some lose the whiteness with time due to dietary habits or poor lifestyle choices including smoking and drinking.
Consuming colored beverages such as tea and coffee can cause teeth to develop stains not only on the surface but also deep in the structure. Other than this, taking medicines and breathing from the mouth can cause teeth to turn yellow.
This doesn’t happen overnight and proper care can prevent teeth from getting stained. However, poor dental hygiene can worsen the situation and cause yellow teeth to turn brown, which can be hard to overcome at home.
It’s unrealistic to expect your teeth to stay white and shiny all your life unless you’re very careful. Let’s have a look at six ways to naturally whiten your teeth at home:
1.Stay Away From Foods That Harm You
Stay away from citrus fruits as they can weaken the teeth and expose a yellowish layer. Other than this, reduce smoking and drinking colored beverages including tea, coffee, and wines.
You may use a straw to consume such drinks so that they do not come into contact with your teeth. Try to brush your teeth 20 minutes after you have such foods to reduce the staining. Reducing consumption of sugary foods will also help.
As a replacement, try to consume foods that are good for your teeth. Strawberries, for examples, are a good option. They contain malic acid which can be effective in whitening your teeth. Plus, strawberry seeds can also rub against the teeth to help reduce stains. Finally, consume more calcium-rich foods as they can strengthen your teeth and make them appear whiter.
2. Consider Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
This old trick still works as apple cider vinegar is a natural disinfectant. Acetic acid, present in ACV, makes it antibacterial and a good choice to keep your teeth white and healthy.
It is said to have a bleaching effect on teeth but regular use may also begin to affect the enamel.
The best option is to mix it with water (1:1) and use it as a mouthwash for only about two minutes a day.
3. Enjoy the Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is very effective in fighting infections and whitening teeth as it works as a natural bleaching agent.
You can use it as a mouthwash for good results. Some experts also suggest mixing hydrogen peroxide with baking soda for improved results.
However, there are some questions regarding the risks associated with the use of hydrogen peroxide as strong concentrations can lead to tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.
To be safe, only use a 1.5% solution to reduce the risk of side effects. If you have a higher concentration, you may dilute it by adding water to the mix.
4. Use Whitening Toothpastes
Teeth whitening toothpastes are a real deal and can be very effective. They cannot change the natural color of your teeth but can remove mild surface stains caused by smoking or drinking colored liquids.
Pick a product that contains abrasives as they help reduce stains and reveal a whiter layer. It might be a wise idea to consult a professional as some toothpastes may contain a lot of abrasives or chemicals that may be bad for your teeth.
5. Use Baking Soda Instead of Toothpaste
Baking soda is a natural teeth whitener and is used as an abrasive in many toothpastes. It works by whitening the surface and is said to prevent the growth of bacteria.
While baking soda works, you will need to be a bit patient as it can take a few days for results to appear. A good option is to mix baking soda with your toothpaste as it alone may not be very effective. In fact, toothpastes containing baking soda are said to be more potent in whitening teeth and removing plaque than toothpastes that contain no baking soda.
6. Give Oil Pulling a Try
Oil pulling is a traditional remedy that’s said to have originated from India. It’s effective in removing toxins and maintaining oral health but may not be suitable for children.
The process involves taking one tablespoon of oil and swishing it in your mouth to kill bacteria. This has to be done for about 15-20 minutes and may be a tiring process for some. Make sure not to consume or swallow the oil as it could be bad for your health.
Most people use sesame or sunflower oil for this purpose but any edible oil may do the trick including coconut oil. While oil pulling doesn’t always whiten teeth, it can kill bacteria and reduce the risk.
Consult a Professional To Whiten Your Teeth
The tricks mentioned above may be effective in mild cases only. If you have very poorly stained teeth then a professional teeth whitening procedure may be your best option. Furthermore, while these tips may make a small to medium difference, there is no comparison for the extreme difference that a professional teeth whiting can provide. Crowns and other cosmetic dental procedures are also available for very poor teeth.
If you want to learn more about teeth whitening, or think that it may be a good next step for your smile, then reach out to Monica Neely Dentistry in 405-302-0100 to know more about your options.
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