Home Remedies for Stained Teeth

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Sipping coffee or tea throughout the day. Brightly colored red juices. Blueberries and cherries bursting with flavor. Sounds good on the surface, but a nightmare for your teeth. According to the American Dental Association, coffee and cigarettes pose the biggest threat for stained teeth, but there’s a great deal of offensive materials and substances that can discolor teeth. Home remedies for stained teeth can provide you with ways to combat discoloration of your pearly whites.

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Main Causes of Stained Teeth

Interestingly, teeth are not completely white. In actuality, the natural color of teeth is a light yellow to a shade of light yellow-red. Over time, your teeth darken due to surface enamel cracks, tartar buildup, and erosion. Additionally, the substances teeth come in contact with contribute to further discoloration. Stained teeth may developed because of [1]:

• Medicine: There are some antibiotics and over-the-counter medications that can affect the color of your teeth. For example, tetracycline can turn teeth yellow in small children and minocycline can permanently stain adult teeth a bluish-gray tint. Certain kinds of antihistamines can additionally discolor teeth.

• Too Much Fluoride: If your teeth come in contact with too much fluoride, you run the risk of developing chalky white spots. Be aware that some drinking water contains high concentrations of fluoride and many types of toothpaste add fluoride as an ingredient.

• The Aging Process: As you grow older, the enamel of your teeth wears thin and the natural yellow or brown color of the dentin layer underneath begins to surface.

• The Family Tree: Take a look at the teeth of your parents. For some people, genetics plays a role in the brightness or whiteness of teeth.

• Dental Damage: Teeth that have suffered trauma, such as a fall or other accident, can become discolored.

• Dark-Colored Beverages: Dark liquids have the power to turn teeth different colors. This includes red wine, soda, fruit juices, and of course, coffee and tea.

• Colorful Foods: From soy sauce to cranberries, eating foods with a dark pigment can easily stain teeth.

• Poor Habits: Forgetting to floss or brushing your teeth too fast can leave behind the substances found in foods that produce stains on teeth. Bacteria that build up on teeth can cause yellow and even green stains to appear.

Stained Teeth Home Remedies

Stained teeth can cause people to become self-conscious about their smile and overall appearance. In a billion-dollar industry that sells whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes that brighten, and other products, some home remedies for stained teeth can provider comparable, cost-effective results. A few suggestions include:

a) Baking Soda:

It is a proven fact that baking soda can help lighten tea, coffee, and other superficial stains on teeth, which is why many toothpastes on the market contain baking soda as an ingredient. You can create your own polishing paste out of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to brush away stains.

b) Water:

After drinking a dark liquid or eating a large meal, swish a bit of water around your mouth to neutralize the acids and coloring found in beverages known to stain teeth.

c) Straw:

Sipping your dark-colored drinks through a straw can help protect your front teeth from stains.

d) Brush After Every Meal:

Brush your teeth on a routine basis to reduce your chances of staining your teeth after meals.

e) Mouthwash:

Dissolve the plaque that accumulates in your mouth by swishing mouthwash that offers antibacterial properties, which helps to reduce stains in the long run.

f) Crunchy Foods:

When you don’t have a toothbrush handy, you can munch on crunchy foods (like celery, apples and carrots), which provides an abrasive quality that helps fight stains on teeth.

g) Hydrogen Peroxide:

Some people have diluted hydrogen peroxide with water to create a mouth rinse that combats stains on teeth.

h) Quit Smoking:

The heat and staining components of tobacco wreaks havoc on teeth, leaving behind stubborn and highly noticeable stains.

i) Strawberries:

Known as a home remedy for stained teeth in Sweden for centuries, rubbing cut strawberries on the teeth for a couple of minutes can clean and gently remove stains. The berries contain malic acid, which works as an astringent that can remove surface stains from teeth.

j) Sage:

The Native Americans relied on sage to whiten their teeth, as well as keep their breath fresh. Today, you can use two tablespoons of dried sage leaves and two tablespoons of sea salt to create a home remedy for teeth whitening. Start out by preheating the oven to 250 degrees. Use a spice grinder or mortar and pestle to grind the salt and sage together. Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and then stir the ingredients together. Scoop some of the blend onto your toothbrush and vigorously brush your teeth. Rinse thoroughly. Advantages to using a natural tooth whitener include safe antibacterial properties and gentle abrasiveness.

k) Choices in Cosmetics:

The colors you choose to wear in clothing and cosmetics can make your teeth appear whiter. For instance, women can sample different shades of lipstick and foundation to see the best results.

l) Avoid Using Fingernails:

Resist the urge to use your fingernails to remove stains on your teeth. You could wind up removing the enamel covering the outer surface of teeth. Scratches on enamel can cause stains to worsen, as well as attract the formation of new stains.


Resources

[1] http://www.aolhealth.com/healthy-living/dental-health-care/teeth-stains

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