Natural teeth whitening remedies

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Introduction


Sometimes no matter how many times you brush and floss your teeth, they remain yellow.

Here are some of the reasons why that happens and a few tips to avoid that.

The causes of yellow teeth


Your teeth could lose their natural white shine and turn yellow because of a lot of different reasons.

It occurs naturally on your dentin (the layer underneath your enamel) as you begin to age. And your enamel being a reflection of what your dentin looks like on the inside, it turns yellow as well.

One major cause that turns your teeth yellow is the food you eat and drinks you have which can stain your enamel.

Another reason for your teeth to turn yellow is the build-up of plaque. Once plaque sets in on your teeth, it hardens and forms what is called tartar or calculus that is yellowish. Now, the even worse issue is that tartar takes the color of anything you eat or drink and it is too calcified to remove at home with a toothbrush, which means you must seek a professional for it to be removed.

Four natural teeth whitening tips


If you so desperately want that perfect sparkly smile but can’t afford all those expensive products, here are a few tips that we’re sure you will find useful.

The use of a good stain-removing toothbrush


On your next visit to your dentist, be sure to ask him or her to recommend a good and affordable toothbrush. They are more likely to guide you in the right direction. As a dental hygienist, you can see the whitening toothbrush that I recommend in this BURST sonic toothbrush review.

Baking soda


Brushing your teeth once a week with baking soda makes a huge difference. Baking soda possesses a lot of whitening features; it also raises the level of alkaline in your mouth thus hindering bacterial growth.

Toothpaste brands that have baking soda in them are also a better choice than the ones that do not.

Activated charcoal


Activated charcoal powder is also a great method to naturally whiten your teeth and get rid of stains from their surface. Turn the powder into a paste and spread it on your teeth, leave it on for a few minutes then rinse it off.

If you do decide to use this remedy, make sure to use an activated charcoal powder that is not abrasive so you won’t damage your teeth enamel.

Apple cider vinegar


With this remedy, you need to be very careful not to apply it directly onto your teeth because using apple cider vinegar daily can cause your enamel to wear off.

If you decide to use this method, make sure to dilute the vinegar with water and use it as a mouthwash instead. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which has antibacterial properties that keep your mouth clean, as well as help whiten your teeth.

Prevention of staining on your teeth


No matter how many methods you may find on how to whiten your teeth naturally, the best way to do so is prevention.

First, you must realize that aging will cause your teeth to turn yellow naturally and there isn’t anything you could do to avoid that. However, there are measures you could adopt to prevent stains.

  • Reduce the intake of foods and beverages that can stain your teeth. Drinks like coffee have high stain-causing tendencies. 
  • Use a straw while drinking beverages, because it limits the contact that your teeth have with the liquid.
  • After every meal and drink, rinse your mouth out with water to neutralize the acidity in it. Then make sure to brush your teeth as well to remove anything that could cause stains.
  • Limit your intake of sugary foods.

Conclusion


No matter how white or yellow your teeth are, maintain good oral hygiene is always best.

Be sure to visit Toothbrush Life, an oral health website for all of your dental needs.

Kelly Hancock, RDH
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