What happened to those amazingly white teeth you once had? Have they slowly become a yellow set you want no one see, ever? Who has the money tobuy those tooth-whitening kits? Why not try a natural way to bring that eye-catching shine back to your smile?
Through the years we don’t notice harm we do to our teeth till they turn yellow. The white of our teeth – the enamel, slowly wears away due to: age, acids in food and drink, and various gum diseases, as this wear happens the deeper layer of out teeth called the dentin begins to show. The dentin is a yellow-brown colorthat is not all that pleasing to the eye.An unlucky few of us have a naturally thin enamel layer making this proses quicker.
Coffee, food anddrink stains; there a pain when you get them on your clothes, in carpetseven on paperworksometimes it doesn’t matter how much you scrub its still there. It’s the same on your teeth. As well as smoking and antibiotics, they all leave stains that slowly make its way through the enamel causing them to become yellow.
So how do you bring back that youthful smile you once had naturally? Changes to your daily habits can help, cutting down or even avoiding a high intake of food and liquids containing high levels of natural acids, such as citrus fruits, and natural dying chemicals, like wine, coffee and tea, even dark sodas and juices. Anytime you do still indulge, brush your teeth. You can read about the best electric toothbrush that can help with effective brushing.
Be aware the acids in tooth-paste can also eat away at your tooth enamel, there for it’s recommended that 30 minutes after you have finished eating you brush. Nicotine stains, quitting tobacco products not only stop the stains but it will also help eliminate tooth decay and gum disease which then slows the damage being done to the enamel as well as preventing oral health issues.
Another option for washing out any dirt, bacteria and food debris of your mouth is called Oil Pulling in addition to your daily brushing and flossing. This is done by rinsing your mouth for a minute after your normal brush with one of three oils; either coconut, sunflower or sesame oil, then spitting it out. This is classed as unconventional and is not recommended by the American Dental Association (ACA).
Changing what you use to brush your teeth can help too. In 2017 research found Baking Soda can remove surface stains and fight bacteria, it may reduce plaque and stop decay. By adding Hydrogen Peroxide to the baking soda,on occasion, and brushing for 1-2 minutes twice a day for a week (long term use is not recommendedor use on sensitive teeth as it may increase sensitivity)can speed up the whitening posses.
In 2012 a study into enzymes found in Papayas and Pineapples, called Papain and Bromelain, may whiten teeth. This research was inconclusive,and more research was needed.
Rumors ofusing Lemon, Oranges, Apple Cider Vinegar and Activated Charcoalbeing used to whiten teeth are false they are more likely to do more harm.
Your best option for maintaining oral hygiene and reducing yellowing is regular brushing and flossing. Ensure you are brushing a minimum of twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, dentists believe fluoride is safe and can reverse tooth decay as well as fight off any new decay. Clean all surfaces of your teeth and gums including the inside and at the back. Don’t forget to floss regularly this removes the plaque between teeth your brush can’t get to.
Despite public opinion yellowing teeth aren’t a necessarily sign of health problems, yellowing teeth comewith age very few have naturally white teeth. Keeping up a strict oral hygiene routine and checking for decay, enamel loss and any other issues at regular dentist appointments is the key. But if natural remedies aren’t for you, your dentist can also offer professional whitening.