Even if you are not a smoker or coffee abuser, your teeth may lose their whitish hue a little. Here are 12 ways to restore the whiteness of your teeth at home. This is an alternative to the teeth whitening options that your dentist can offer.
Daily hygiene is out of the question, but if you want to achieve better results, you need to pay more attention to the cleaning process. This is most important after a meal or drink that can discolour teeth, such as red wine, coffee, blueberries, or beets. There are some basic tips for cleaning your teeth properly:brush your teeth 2-3 times a day;
each cleaning should take at least 2-3 minutes;
be sure to brush all the sides of every tooth;
do not brush your gums or brush them very carefully;
Just these small improvements can contribute to your dental health a lot. Still, some food debris and plaque can accumulate in hard to reach places. That’s why, visit your cosmetic dentist 2 times a year for professional cleaning.
Whitening toothpaste can help reduce yellowing of teeth. These cosmetic products contain more active ingredients to help remove tooth debris. Whitening toothpaste does not contain bleach, but may contain small amounts of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. These chemicals restore teeth whiteness by one or two shades.
Some dentists offer teeth whitening with a plate, but such options are also available for home use. This method of teeth whitening involves the use of a strip that contains a whitening gel and is worn for 2-4 hours a day or overnight. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends using products that contain 10% carbamide peroxide.
The whitening strips are coated with a thin layer of peroxide gel and are glued to the surface of the teeth. Depending on the type of strip or its manufacturer, the method of using them can be different. On average, the strips should be applied 2 times a day for 30 minutes.
Whitening with rinsing is another way to get rid of yellow teeth. Whitening mouthwashes contain oxygen components such as hydrogen peroxide. They react with the compounds that make stains to help unhook them from the teeth. Rinsing with whitening liquids 2 times a day for 1 minute can lead to teeth whitening by 1–2 shades in 3 months.
A 2007 study shows that vitamin C deficiency can trigger periodontitis and bacterial plaque on the teeth and gums that leads to teeth discoloration. It follows that the addition of vitamin C to toothpastes will help reduce tooth discoloration.
Adding certain fruit enzymes to your toothpaste can help whiten your teeth. A 2012 study found that a toothpaste containing the enzyme papain from papaya fruit and bromelain from pineapple helps remove stains from teeth.
Aside from the fact that lemons are full of vitamin C, they also contain pantothenic acid. It gives lemons antibacterial properties. Moreover, direct contact of the tooth surface with lemon juice removes particles of substances that have stained tooth enamel. Just wipe the teeth with a piece of lemon. Rinse your mouth with warm water an hour after the procedure. It will be a good idea to clean the teeth after rinsing.
Apple cider vinegar has a whitening effect on teeth. However, it must be used with caution, as apple cider vinegar can damage the enamel with frequent use. You may rinse your mouth with water and baking soda. After that clean your teeth. Do it only an hour after the whitening procedure, otherwise the enamel may get damaged.
A 2015 study found that using coconut oil can be an effective way to reduce plaque. However, more research is needed to determine the extent and rate at which the oil can whiten teeth.