7 simple steps to whitening your teeth at home
There are different factors that can cause the teeth to look dull and lose their white bright shine.
The outermost layer of your teeth, the enamel, can get stained. Plaque buildup on your teeth can cause them to look yellow, this can usually be treated with regular cleanup and whitening remedies.
However, when the hard enamel has eroded away, it can sometimes cause the teeth to turn yellow, revealing the dentin underneath. Dentin is a naturally yellow, bony tissue that lies underneath the enamel.
Here are 7 simple ways you can naturally whiten your teeth from the comfort of your home
- Brush with baking soda
Baking soda contains some natural whitening properties, which is the reason its used in the making of most toothpastes. It's a mild abrasive that can help scrub away surface stains on teeth. This is not a remedy that will whiten your teeth overnight, but you will notice some changes in the color of your teeth overtime.
- Use hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleaching agent, it also kills bacteria in the mouth. As a
matter of fact it has been used has a disinfectant to clean wounds because of its ability to kill bacteria. You can use hydrogen peroxide by mixing it with baking soda to make a toothpaste. Combine 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and gently brush your teeth with the mixture.
The use of this homemade remedy should be used only a few times per week, as overuse can erode your tooth enamel.
- Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that may help whiten your teeth. Acetic acid, the main active ingredient in apple cider vinegar, potently kills bacteria. The antibacterial property of vinegar is what makes it able to clean the mouth. However, overuse of vinegar can also erode the enamel on your teeth, so limit its use to a few times per week.
- Make use of fruits and vegetables
A rich diet in fruits and vegetables are vital for fueling your body and your teeth.
While they're no replacement for your toothbrush, crunchy, raw fruits and vegetables can help rub plaque away as you chew.
Pr, strawberries and pineapple are two fruits that have been claimed to help whiten your teeth. A study found that an enzyme found in pineapples, bromelain was significantly more effective at removing tooth stains than a standard toothpaste.
- Preventing tooth stains before they happen
A healthy diet containing enough calcium can help prevent your teeth from becoming yellow. Brushing your teeth soon after you eat can also help prevent stains, but not immediately, wait like 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. Avoid teeth staining beverages and foods, drink out of a straw to limit the chances of these foods staining your teeth. Also, avoid smoking and chewing tobacco, both of which are agents of tooth discoloration.
- Oil pulling
This practice involves swishing oil around in your mouth to remove bacteria, which can turn into plaque and make your teeth discolored. Coconut oil is a popular choice because it offers many health benefits, smells and tastes good. Streptococcus mutans is one of the primary types of bacteria that cause plaque and gingivitis in the mouth. A controlled study found that daily swishing with coconut oil significantly reduced Streptococcus mutans in saliva in a week.
- Never underrate the value of brushing and flossing
Regular brushing and flossing, along with routine visits to the dentist’s office, prevent the build-up of yellowing plaque on your teeth. While some tooth discoloration comes naturally with age, it is largely a result of plaque build-up.
Regular brushing and flossing can help your teeth stay white by significantly decreases the mass of bacteria in your mouth and preventing a plaque buildup.