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They say you are never fully dressed without a smile.
And to achieve your best smile, you need a proper set of teeth.
According to Vocabulary.com, your teeth are the pearly white things in your mouth that show when you smile.
Baby teeth or primary teeth are naturally whiter than permanent teeth. As you age, the color of your teeth changes.
The enamel, which is the visible part of your teeth, gets worn out and reveals the natural yellow color of dentin. Dentin, the second layer, and lies underneath the enamel serves as a protective layer and supports the tooth’s crown. You will feel sensitivity or pain when dentin is exposed.
What are the causes of teeth discoloration?
Foods and drinks. Discoloration of teeth may result from food stains, such as coffee, soda, tea, wine, fruits, and curry.
Poor dental hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends the average person to brush teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Brushing and flossing can help remove stains that changes the color of your teeth.
Diseases. Dental enamel defects are common among people with celiac disease. Also, several genetic disorders affect tooth development and lead to abnormal tooth appearance and structure.
Medications. Some medications, such as tetracycline antibiotics, may cause tooth discoloration. In some cases, antihistamines that relieve symptoms of allergies may also cause tooth discoloration.
Trauma. Trauma can damage the nerve of your tooth and may cause tooth discoloration. Discoloration develops weeks or months after the injury.
6 Easy Tricks to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth
There are a lot of commercial products you can buy to whiten your teeth. You can buy them without prescription and are easy to use. We recommend consulting your dentist first before using these products.
You may also try to use natural home remedies to remove stain and whiten your teeth. Results may vary depending on the condition of your teeth.
1. Brush your teeth with baking soda.
Baking soda is known for its ability to remove stain and whiten surfaces. It is commonly used to clean around the home. Toothpaste and teeth whitening products also use baking soda as an ingredient. The mild abrasiveness of baking soda effectively removes surface stains from your teeth and makes them appear whiter.
A simple way to use baking soda is to create a paste. In a bowl, mix water with a teaspoon of baking soda. Apply it to your teeth using a toothbrush or your fingers. Leave on for two minutes and rinse with water.
However, baking soda may have side effects when overused. You can damage the enamel of your teeth. It may result in sensitivity and increase the risk of cavities.
2. Coconut oil pulling.
Oil pulling is a traditional folk remedy practiced in ancient India. It is an ancient ayurvedic therapy for maintaining oral hygiene where you use oil as a mouthwash to remove bacteria inside your mouth. A study shows that oil pulling generates antioxidants which damage the cell wall of microorganisms and kill them.
You can do oil pulling using different organic oil, such as sesame, sunflower, or coconut oil. Coconut oil is the most popular choice because of its pleasant taste.
In oil pulling, a tablespoon full of oil is swished around the mouth in the early morning before breakfast and in an empty stomach for about 20 minutes. At the end of the activity, if the procedure is done correctly, the viscous oil will become milky white and thinner.
3. Use apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider is very popular when making different home remedies. It can help with digestive problems, damaged hair, or even as a disinfectant.
Apple cider vinegar may whiten teeth due to its acidity level, which removes stain and the buildup of plaque found on teeth. However, it has the potential to erode the enamel on your teeth.
If you’re considering using apple cider vinegar to whiten your teeth, consult your dentist before trying it. To use it as a mouthwash, dilute it with water and swish it around in your mouth for several minutes. Do not forget to rinse your mouth with plain water after.
4. Eat strawberries.
Strawberries contain an enzyme called malic acid, which is a natural astringent that removes tooth discoloration. It also has antioxidants that can help reduce bacteria and inflammation in your mouth.
Mash the strawberries and rub them on your teeth. Leave for five minutes, then rinse with water.
5. Use banana or orange peel.
Orange peels contain a natural solvent known as d-limonene. A study shows that toothpastes that contain d-limonene significantly reduced stain from the teeth.
Banana has high levels of potassium, magnesium, and manganese that help remove stains from teeth. Banana peel can act as an exfoliator when you rub it on your teeth.
Rubbing the inside of orange or banana peel just before brushing your teeth may give excellent results.
6. Limit foods and beverages that can cause teeth stain.
If you are very cautious with your teeth’ color, you should avoid the excessive consumption of sugary snacks and beverages. Acidic foods and drinks can also affect your teeth.
If you notice stain and tooth discoloration when consuming these items, limit the amount of time these substances are in contact with your teeth. Also, brushing teeth after eating or drinking can help you prevent stain and tooth discoloration.