Let’s face it; our teeth eventually do turn yellow as we grow older. Luckily, here is a list of strategies and methods to keep your pearly whites, white forever!
Yellow Teeth? Here’s why
Enamel Thinning is where your enamel lining wears away. This reveals the Dentin tissue underneath, and this tissue is naturally a yellow-brown color. Food containing acidic properties will wear down this enamel wall.
Stains occur when a person consumes a high amount of food and beverages, like coffee for an example, leave a stain on your teeth. This is preventable by limiting your intake.
How to get those teeth nice and bright!
1. Changing your Diet
Avoiding food groups that will stain your teeth is key to keeping them healthy.
Acidic food will wear your enamel down, so avoiding foods that contain citrus, coffee and soda is incredibly important.
Brushing your teeth after consuming these types of food will prevent the acidity from wearing down your enamel. Dentists advise waiting at least 30 minutes after consumption before brushing your teeth with a recommended tooth brush. This is due to the enamel already being weakened by the acidity and brushing immediately may damage your teeth.
Quitting smoking will reduce the risk of tobacco stains as well. It can also reduce the risk of gum decay and gum disease and prevent poor oral health.
2. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is when a person washes their mouth out with oil to remove bacteria. Studies have suggested that Oil Pulling may cause a slight whitening effect, but more research is to be done to conclusively prove this.
Oils suitable for trying this method are:
- Coconut oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Sesame oil
3. Brushing with baking soda
Baking Soda is a great way to safely polish stains from your teeth. Research proves that Baking Soda is safe and easy to use for everyone.
Baking Soda may also help fight bacteria away, preventing plaque and tooth decay.
4. Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide is a weak bleach that has been proved to help whiten teeth.
Hydrogen Peroxide may increase tooth sensitivity, so if you have sensitive teeth it’s not recommended for you. As the method is quite intensive, it is advised by professionals to keep usage to a minimum.
5. Fruits that Whiten Teeth
Papain and Bromelain are 2 types of enzymes. These enzymes have been found in Papayas and Pineapples and have been seen to promote healthy white teeth.
A 2012 case study found that these enzymes can create a modest amount of whitening, but more research is yet to be done to prove substantial results.
6. Oral Hygiene
Without a healthy oral hygiene routine, all these methods will prove useless. Keeping a healthy, happy mouth, is the key to having beautiful bright teeth.
This is done by:
- Brushing your teeth day and night
- Regular flossing
- Using a toothpaste that contains fluoride, to fight tooth decay
Don’t do this!
Common Misconceived methods that might harm your teeth are:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Activated Charcoal
Overall keeping happy and healthy teeth seems like a large task, but with proper:
- Dental hygiene,
- Regular checkups with a dental professional,
- Natural home remedies
You’ll keep those pearly whites nice and bright!