Changes in the color of your teeth may be subtle and happen gradually. Some yellow color may be inevitable.
Teeth can look more yellow or darken, especially as you age. As the outer enamel wears away, the yellowish dentin underneath becomes more visible. Dentin is the second layer of calcified tissue beneath the outside enamel layer.
If you’re looking to whiten your teeth, you do have some alternatives to conventional methods.
Please be careful with at-home whitening because you may damage your teeth if products are used incorrectly or for too much time. You may wear away too much of your enamel, which could put you at risk for sensitivity and cavities.
What causes yellow teeth?
There are many factors that can cause teeth to turn yellow.
Teeth can become yellow from:
- certain foods or drinks, such as blueberries, red wine, coffee, or tea
- a diet high in sugar and simple carbohydrates
- smoking or chewing tobacco
- side effects of certain medications and mouthwashes
- age, as older adults are more likely to have yellow teeth
- mouth trauma
- excessive fluoride consumption
- poor dental care and oral hygiene
- chronic dry mouth or lack of saliva
Remedies for yellow teeth
Here are seven natural options for getting rid of yellow teeth. It may be best to choose a few treatments and rotate them throughout the week. Some suggestions below do not have research to support them but have been proven to be effective by anecdotal reports. Experiment to find a solution that works for you.
Brushing your teeth
Your first plan of action should be to brush your teeth more often and in the correct manner. It’s especially important that you brush after consuming foods and drinks that can lead to yellow teeth. However, be careful with brushing immediately after consuming acidic foods and drinks. Brushing right away can make the acids brush away more enamel and lead to erosion. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes at a time.
Make sure you get into all the cracks and crevices. Brush your teeth gently in a circular motion to ensure you’re protecting your gums. Brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of your teeth. Brushing with a whitening toothpaste has also been scientifically shown to whiten your smile, according to a 2018 study.
These whitening kinds of toothpaste contain mild abrasives that scrub the teeth to remove the surface stain but are gentle enough to be safe. Using an electric toothbrush may also be more effective in removing surface stains.
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
Using a paste made of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide is said to remove plaque buildup and bacteria to get rid of stains. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after brushing with this paste. You can also use the same ratio of ingredients to make a mouthwash. Or, you can try baking soda with water.
Containing baking soda and peroxide got rid of tooth stains and whitened their teeth. They showed significant improvements after 6 weeks. A review of the research on kinds of toothpaste with baking soda also concluded that they’re effective and safe for removing tooth stains and whitening teeth, and can be used daily.
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