We all want a fresh, radiant, bright smile. Right? Right. Well, the thing is that plenty of products that are part of our daily diet are causing stains on our teeth. Coffee, tea, cigarettes, sodas… These are just some of the elements that contribute to yellow and/or stained teeth. But, worry not. It is not as bad as it sounds. Yellow and stained teeth can be reversed into beautiful looking pearls. According to Healthline, teeth whitening at home is something we can all pull off as it doesn’t require a lot of work. But, before whitening your teeth at home, you must make sure to know exactly what you’re doing and not hurt your gums or cause damage to your teeth. Keep reading for more.
1. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is my personal favorite. Why? Well, because it is so easy to do. All you need to do is put one tablespoon of oil in your mouth and then just swish it around. See, any oil can do. But you might want to try out coconut oil as it has a better taste and a plethora of benefits. Practice this for as long as 20 minutes and then spit in the trashcan. You want to avoid spitting on the sink as it can clog pipes once it returns to its natural solid state of matter.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has plenty of antibacterial properties which make it perfect for using it as a mouthwash. Although apple cider vinegar will keep your teeth clean and help whiten them, you should be careful not to expose your teeth to it a lot. See, the thing is that apple cider vinegar is, of course, acidic. This acid can cause damage to the tooth’s enamel, and that is something we don’t want. Try it as a mouthwash for 3-4 times a week. Remember to rinse your mouth with plain water after you’re done.
3. Baking Soda
I know what you’re thinking. Doesn’t baking soda have enough benefits that now we can use it to whiten our teeth as well? See, the thing is that baking soda has mild abrasive properties that help whiten teeth. Of course, such a thing doesn’t happen overnight. But, if you brush your teeth with baking soda often enough (3-4 times a week) you will notice significant changes over time. Actually, plenty of toothpaste brands have baking soda as one of their ingredients, so… The more baking soda your toothpaste has, the more effective it will be. Make sure thoroughly cleanse your mouth when using baking soda because if it comes in contact with your teeth for too long then it can damage your teeth’s enamel.
4. Hydrogen Peroxide
Well, this one shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of us. It is a natural bleaching agent that will whiten your teeth in just 6 weeks. The thing is that when using hydrogen peroxide we must make sure to use a 1.5% or 3% solution. A highly concentrated solution can cause gum irritation as well as damage your teeth. Use it before brushing your teeth as a mouthwash.
5. Teeth Stains Prevention
The best remedy? Prevention. Take good care of your teeth by brushing and flossing them daily. Avoid foods and drinks that can cause stains. That means avoid wines, cigarettes, coffee, soda… etc. Something else that must be off your list is sweets. If you are one of those people who cannot quit on sweets, then at least make sure to brush your teeth right after eating them.
Before you go, you might also want to read: Teeth Whitening Methods: How To Achieve A Radiant Smile