Yellow teeth are not something anyone wants, but many people experience discolouration for a variety of reasons. According to WebMD, the most common causes of yellowing teeth are food, drink, tobacco use, poor hygiene, natural aging, genetics, and medical conditions.
Certain factors, such as genetics and medical conditions, make it difficult to prevent discoloration, but there are natural home remedies to whiten your teeth. Forget expensive trips to the dentist for whitening treatments. Try these home remedies.
You probably wouldn’t expect to see it on the list! According to an article in the journal Prevention, activated charcoal is a great solution for removing stains from teeth. Simply brush your teeth with crushed activated charcoal, and its sticky properties will remove coffee, soda and other stains from your teeth. Remember that this method not only removes stains, but also does not whiten naturally dark teeth. Also, activated charcoal has not been evaluated for safety by the American Dental Association, and there are concerns that it may wear away tooth enamel.
- Use a straw
Constantly exposing your teeth to certain foods and drinks can break down the enamel and make them susceptible to staining. The Natural Society advises that using a straw can help protect your teeth from staining beverages such as red wine, coffee, tea, and sodas.
- Banana peel
An article in SheKnows shows that rubbing banana peels on your teeth can help with discoloration. Natural minerals such as potassium and magnesium contained in the peel of the fruit are believed to strengthen and protect teeth.
- Coconut oil
Daily Root shows that the natural lauric acid in coconut oil can help fight bacteria that can build up plaque and discolor teeth. Rinsing your mouth with coconut oil for 10-15 minutes is known as oil pulling, which is beneficial for gum health.
Strawberries are not only a healthy snack, they also protect and whiten teeth. Daily Root shows that vitamin C breaks down plaque and prevents discoloration. Strawberries also contain malic acid, which fights surface blemishes.
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Regular flossing helps remove bacteria and plaque that can cause discoloration. It is recommended to floss after every meal.
- Baking soda and lemon
The combination of baking soda and lemon creates a chemical reaction that has amazing teeth whitening effects. According to the Natural Society, citric acid erodes tooth enamel, so you should brush with this solution once a week.