10 Tips on How to Whiten Your Teeth at Home

Everyone wants to have pearly whites, but over time, teeth often become stained, and can even take on a yellow tint, which makes us feel less attractive.

Read on if you want to know how to whiten your teeth at home and put a smile on your face once again!

Causes of Stained or Yellow Teeth

Several things contribute to staining or yellowing of teeth. Common culprits include:

  1. Tobacco – Cigarettes and chewing tobacco are one of the major causes of yellow, stained teeth.
  2. Coffee, tea, grape juice and cola – All of these beverages stain teeth. Take a look at your coffee or tea pot and you’ll see why!
  3. Red wine – Red wine not only makes an ugly stain on carpet, it does on teeth as well.
  4. Blueberries, blackberries – These dark berries can darken your teeth.
  5. Aging – The enamel on teeth wears thin as you age, allowing the layer of yellowish dentin to show through.
  6. Antibiotics – Children and pregnant women who take certain antibiotics, such as tetracycline, often experience stained teeth with a blue-gray tint.
  7. Fillings – Silver colored filling can leach out and stain surrounding teeth.

How to Whiten Your Teeth at Home

Stains caused by tobacco, food and drink are referred to as extrinsic, meaning yellowing affecting the outer layer of your teeth. Blue-gray stains, referred to as intrinsic stains, affect the inner layer of your teeth, and are caused by antibiotics and dental fillings.

Intrinsic stains require professional treatment by a dentist; however, extrinsic stains can be removed at home. It’s a good idea to have a professional cleaning first; once your teeth have been professionally cleaned, here’s how to keep them sparkly white!

  1. Brush frequently and properly – Brush teeth at least twice daily, especially after meals. An electric toothbrush will do a thorough job and may be more effective if you feel you aren’t doing the job well with a manual toothbrush.
  2. Floss daily – Keep plaque at a minimum with daily flossing to help fight stains. It’s impossible for a toothbrush to get to every nook and cranny between teeth.
  3. Cut back on coffee, tea and cola – These beverages are notorious for staining teeth. Just as coffee stains a porcelain cup, these beverages stain teeth also. Try to cut back on them, and whenever you do consume them, brush your teeth afterwards.
  4. Drink through a straw – While not practical with coffee, when drinking tea, cola or juice, use a straw to minimize contact with your teeth.
  5. Stop smoking or chewing tobacco – Tobacco stains teeth badly over time. Give it up, or switch to the new electronic cigarette to avoid staining your teeth. Take a look at the Green Smoke electronic cigarette for a good brand to try.
  6. Brush with baking soda – Baking soda can remove many stains from teeth. Apply to damp toothpaste and brush as usual; or sprinkle a little baking soda on your toothbrush along with your toothpaste – Swish with 3% hydrogen peroxide.
  7. After brushing, mix a small amount of 3% hydrogen peroxide (food grade) with water and swish around your mouth, but be sure not to swallow.
  8. Try whitening strips – Strips, such as Crest Whitening Strips (See Here) are applied to the teeth and left in place approximately 30 minutes. They have been found to be very effective for yellow and heavily-stained teeth.
  9. Use a teeth-whitening gel – There are several of these products on the market today. The gel is applied to the front of your teeth with a swab or brush and left for a short period of time, then rinsed.
  10. Use stain-removing or smoker’s toothpaste –  Specialty stain-fighting and smoker’s toothpastes are available, such as Rembrandt, Pearl Drops Smoker’s Toothpaste, and Plus White. These products can be abrasive however, so alternate use with your regular toothpaste.

It’s important to remember that a certain amount of yellowing of the teeth is expected with age, and you probably won’t be able to get your teeth as white as they were when you were younger. You can however, remove those unsightly tobacco and coffee stains and whiten your teeth at home, with a little bit of time and effort.

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