4 SECRETS TO A BRIGHTER SMILE
Have your pearly whites lost their luster because of dingy grey or yellow stains?
Teeth can look more yellow or darken especially as you age. As the outer enamel
wears away, the yellowy dentin underneath becomes more visible. If you’re
looking to whiten your teeth, you do have some alternatives to conventional
Please be careful with at-home whitening because you may damage your teeth if
products are used incorrectly or for too much time. You may wear away too much
of your enamel, which could put you at risk for sensitivity and cavities.
Do-it-yourself remedies can help whiten teeth, and avoiding substances that stain
teeth can stop further discoloration. Here are a few natural options for getting rid of
yellow teeth. It may be best to choose a few treatments and rotate them
throughout the week but you may try these out.
HOME WHITENING STRIPS
Tooth-whitening strips will help get rid of tooth stains. These strips are very thin,
virtually invisible, and are coated with a peroxide-based whitening gel. You wear
them a few minutes daily for a week or more. Results are visible in just a few days
and last at least a year. The results with strips are not as dramatic as with whitening
kits, but the strips are easy to use and pretty much foolproof.
You can use activated charcoal to remove stains from your teeth. It’s believed
that charcoal can remove pigments and stains from your teeth because it’s highly
absorbent. It’s said to also get rid of bacteria and toxins in the mouth.
There is a toothpaste that contains activated charcoal and claims to whiten teeth.
PREVENTING TEETH STAINS
As we age, the outer layer of tooth enamel wears away. The underlying layer, called
dentin, is yellower. That’s why it’s important to try to avoid staining teeth in the first
place, especially after whitening. If you take care of foods and drinks that discolor
teeth, the results of whitening may last up to one year. Whitening teeth too often
could make them look translucent and blue, so you’ll want to maintain your new
EATING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES WITH A HIGHER WATER CONTENT
It’s said that eating raw fruits and vegetables with a high-water content can help
to keep your teeth healthy. The water content is thought to cleanse your teeth
and gums of plaque and bacteria that lead to yellow teeth.
Chewing on crunchy fruits and vegetables at the end of a meal may increase saliva
production. This can help to remove food particles that are stuck in your teeth
and wash away any harmful acids.