Having great teeth is of the utmost important in our culture today and it marks a sign of health and confidence. There is growing number of people using white strips at home or turning to professional in-office whitening treatments for help.
People tends to notice our teeth first and when making a first impression, most worry about having aged, crooked or discolored teeth, which can send a wrong signal. We all yearn for that beautiful smile with white, sparkling teeth.
Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?
- Drinking tea or coffee
- Cigarette smoking
- Thinning tooth enamel due to aging
- Eating a poor diet. This includes consuming lots of processed foods high in acid, including soft drinks/soda, candies or sometimes certain fruits.
- Suffering from dry mouth
- Breathing through your mouths and having blocked nasal passages.
- Use of antibiotic
- Excessive fluoride intake
- Genetic factors
Five Ways To Whiten Your Teeth
- Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV), contains compounds including acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes effectively works as a natural antibiotic and teeth/gum cleanser, and also remove stubborn stains on the teeth. ACV is especially helpful for removing stains from coffee and nicotine (smoking). Studies suggest that for many with dark stains it even works just as well as commercial products as a natural teeth whitener. The pH of apple cider vinegar can remove stains from your teeth.
- Lemon or Orange Peels
Just like to apple cider vinegar, using citrus fruits including lemon and/or orange peels, which contain beneficial acids also does the trick for whitening teeth. These foods overall are very healthy, such as benefiting digestion owing to regulating levels of stomach acid, but the high acid content can also finaly wear away the enamel on the teeth if used too harshly. Like with ACV, if you use lemon or orange peel on your teeth always rinse your mouth afterward to be on the safe side. Use hydrogen peroxide oral rinse formula for best results.
- Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is an antibacterial agent that works efficiently as a total mouth and gum cleaner and keeps the mouth free of germs. A good oral mouth rinse can be made using hydrogen peroxide; use half water and half hydrogen peroxide, swish around in your mouth for about one minute, and then rinse. Research shows hydrogen peroxide keeps breath fresh by getting rid of bad bacteria due to acting as a natural antiseptic/antibacterial agent.
- Brush After Drinking or Eating
One of the ways to improve the appearance of your teeth is to simply brush your teeth after eating or drinking. This takes a lot of persistence and can even be kind of difficult depending on where you are at the time of eating.
Avoiding smoking cigarettes, drinking too much coffee and/or soda, improving your oral hygiene overall, and eating a healthy diet also help prevent teeth discoloration. If you do regularly drink staining beverages, do so through a straw and try to cut back. Try to drink more plain water after eating or drinking something staining or acidic to help decrease the negative effects.
- Coconut Oil Pulling
Some people attest to their teeth becoming whiter and overall healthier by applying coconut oil to their teeth after they brush, and most people praise the results of oil pulling. Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties which helps in protecting and cleaning your gums. Put a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it between your teeth for five to 20 minutes, or add a few drops to your toothbrush and brush it on. You can also apply coconut oil to a corner of a clean washcloth and rub it on the teeth.