Smiling is good for health, as it can boost your mood and reduce stress. That is of course if you aren’t embarrassed about tooth discoloration or unsightly patches on teeth. A report suggests that around eighteen percent of people do not smile properly as they feel uncomfortable with the stains on their teeth. Nowadays, with such a huge impetus on the way we look and the massive upsurge in social media and the “selfie” there has never been more of a focus on our looks and striving for perfection. From our eyebrows to our teeth we are all looking for the optimum solutions in our quest to look our best.
To get your teeth looking Pearly White, there are a number of home remedies that you can use:
Brush After Eating and Drinking
Starting with the very basics of dental hygiene and adopting thorough and consistent oral habits. Brushing at least two times a day is an essential part of oral hygiene. Often the discoloration of teeth is the buildup of plaque which can be so easily avoided. Flossing is also key. This is a part of dental care than most people neglect to do, but probably the most important. Particles of food and bacteria that get trapped can cause decay and cavities which will lead to a more invasive treatment from the dentist. Avoiding sugary foods and beverages or those high in tannins such as red wine and coffee will also be beneficial when taking care of your teeth.
Brushing with Baking Soda
Sodium bicarbonate which is commonly known as baking soda is also an effective remedy to treat yellow stains on your enamel. Use this mildly abrasive powder and dip into the wet bristles of your brush. Now brush normally as you always do. This simple remedy will help in maintaining the pH level in your mouth and whitening your teeth.
Using coconut oil is also an effective way to remove stains. In this method, you have to coat your teeth with coconut oil every day. So swilling around your mouth. The key point to follow here is that oil should be used in such a way that oil slides between each tooth. It contains lauric acid which destroys the bacteria that is found in plaque which causes your teeth to appear yellow. Repeat this process daily for ten to fifteen minutes (Whilst this may seem relatively short, your cheeks soon start to tire with this arduous process!) After completing this Oil Pulling, you can rinse it off with brush as usual.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This chemical is proved to offer you a number of amazing health benefits. It helps in losing weight, improves digestion, lowers blood pressure etc. Apple Cider Vinegar can help in killing the harmful bacteria present in your mouth. As it is acidic, it removes undesirable plaque which gives yellow color to your teeth. Moreover, it also promotes the growth of probiotic bacteria. Apart from giving you a whiter smile, it also tends to enhance your oral health.
Strawberries come with natural antioxidant which is proved to be really beneficial for whitening our teeth. This dark-colored berry gives you a natural method to treat your white stains with a simple process. All you need to do is mash some strawberries and make a mixture. Now rub it onto your teeth and dip with water.
At home whitening kits
If you have tried the alternative methods and they just aren’t working for you, you could consider an at home teeth whitening kit.
These come in various varieties and really are dependent on the discoloration of your teeth and how intense you want the treatment to be. If you are looking to go a few shades whiter, teeth whitening strips may be a suitable solution. But if you are a coffee fiend and realize that your beverage of choice has sent your teeth a yellowy brown hue, it may be advisable to opt for a deep whitening kit that will utilize a bleaching gel and UV light. This kind of treatment is fast acting and results can be seen after the first application. This kind of treatment may not be suitable for everyone though so always thoroughly read the instructions and if you are unsure seek the advice of your dentist.