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But have your pearly whites lost their lustre because of dingy grey or yellow stains? Stained teeth can occur as we age, but some common foods, drinks, and even mouthwashes can stain teeth. Some simple remedies can help whiten your teeth, and avoiding substances that stain teeth can stop further discoloration. Use these secrets to whiter teeth to restore your bright smile.
Before starting with our simple remedies lets understand following facts
The yellowish colour of teethes are due to various factors, including genetics, what kind of food and drink we consume, and how well we are implementing oral hygiene. A tooth is made up of 4 tissues-enamel, which is the strong white covering that protects the tooth, dentin, which supports the enamel and is a hard yellow material that carries nerves, pulp, which is at the center of the tooth and contains blood and lymph vessels, and cementum, which covers the root of the tooth.
The enamel and dentin is what play the biggest role in color. Certain food and drinks will directly stain the enamel, yes, but over time the two biggest culprits are the nasty food and drink that actually break down the enamel, and weakening enamel as we age. As the enamel breaks down, it reveals the yellow dentin underneath. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure (or whitening!)
1. Precaution always better.
Precaution is always better than cure is also true in this case. Brush at least twice daily. Brushing helps prevent stains and yellow teeth, especially at the gum line. Also, don't forget to floss and use an antiseptic mouthwash daily Although all the foods don't stain your teeth but it is good to brush your teeth after every meal. Ah! Have I said too much because you may not be persistence with it and it would be difficult depending where you are at that time.
2. Paste of Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda.
Many people around the world had confirm that the paste of Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda turn their teeth white. It works great as natural teeth whitener. Hydrogen Peroxide is an anti-bacterial agent. Make sure to make a smooth paste with both the agents since baking soda has gritty texture which may rub off enamel. Brush with this paste thoroughly for whiter teethes.(Paste should not be stiffy and should be runnier paste)
3. Use of Coconut Oil
People have attested the use of coconut oil for whitening of their teethes. Simply put a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it between your teeth for 5 to 20 minutes. Or add a few drops to your toothbrush and simple brush it on, or add the coconut oil to a corner of a clean wash cloth and rub it on. Also, coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it's great for your gums as well.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV works as gum cleaner and remove stubborn stains on the teeth.
It has been proven that it does work as a natural teeth whitener but you have to be consistent and it takes a least a month of continuous usage to see results. Be careful, as with all acids, it can remove the enamel on your teeth as well. After brushing with ACV, you will need to brush again with regular toothpaste, preferably a non fluoride paste, or rinse your mouth out really well.
5. Lemon or Orange Peels
There have been reports that lemon and or orange peels will also do the trick of whitening your teeth. Guess you don't know until you try. Here again, these food products are very healthy and good for your stomach but the acid content might eventually wear away the enamel on the teeth. So if you use lemon or orange peel always rinse afterwards to be on the safe side
Mash 4-5 strawberries and rinse it on your teeth. Rinse well afterwards.
7 . Saliva producing foods
It would sound strange but some foods like apples, pears, and carrots trigger lots of saliva, which helps wash away food debris on your teeth. Chewing sugarless gum is a tooth-cleansing action and also triggers saliva. A bonus from all that saliva: It neutralizes the acid that causes tooth decay.
8. Precaution- Foods to be avoided
- Smoke- Smoking adversely effects our health and smile. Smoking and Tobacco causes brown stains that penetrate the grooves and pits of tooth enamel. Tobacco stains can be hard to remove by brushing alone.
- Coffee- As stated earlier coffee can stain our teeth. Further anything which can stain a white cotton T-shirt can stain teeth. Other top offenders are beverages such as tea, dark sodas, and fruit juices. These teeth stains develop slowly and become more noticeable as we age.
-Drinks- Some of our favourite drinks including red wine and grape juice can stain our teethes. We cannot avoid them but we should try to brush our teeth after having these drinks.
The antibiotic tetracycline causes grey teeth in children whose teeth are still developing. Antibacterial mouthwashes that contain chlorhexidine or cetylpyridinium chloride can also stain teeth. Some antihistamines, antipsychotic drugs, and blood pressure medications cause tooth stains, as can iron and excess fluoride.
This article does not provide any medical advice: Please consult dentist for any medical condition.
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