FACT: Your teeth naturally yellow the older you get. You see, through time, the outer layer of enamel slowly gets worn out thus bringing out the yellow color of dentin. But aside from age, of course, there are other factors that can cause discoloration.
Smoking definitely tops the list. Sure nothing is worse than nicotine, but certain foods and drinks can stain your teeth too, like curry, coffee, cola, and red wine. Genetics may also play a role. And, of course, let’s not forget dental hygiene and the lack of it.
FACT: Whitening your teeth actually makes you look years younger- and much more attractive too!
But if you want to pass on the bleach as well as other “commercialized” whitening products and techniques, here are three home remedies that you should definitely try.
Baking soda is a common house hold product that can be found in just about any cupboard. But much more than just making bread rise, baking soda is also a universal cleaner of sorts- apparently teeth included.
Being a rather abrasive agent once mixed with water, it can actually help scrape off stains on your teeth at the same time fighting off plaque and bacteria build up.
- But also for the same reason, because it is an abrasive agent, you should only use baking soda once a week. Use it too often and you could actually start to scrape off your enamel instead of just the stains. Plus, it is not recommended for people with braces or permanent retainers.
How To Use It?
Simply add some water to baking soda to make a paste of sorts. Dip your toothbrush in and carry on as you normally would.
- To make it even better, add a few drops of peroxide to really bring out your pearly whites.
Apple cider vinegar- adds taste to your salad and takes away stains from your teeth. This is basically because of it’s acidity level (for the teeth stain removal bit, of course).
Aside from that, ACV also has antibacterial properties that can kill germs in your mouth too- double yay!
How To Use It?
Simply substitute it for your regular mouth wash every once in a while. Gargle, swish, spit.
If the taste may come off a tad bit too strong, you can always mix in a little water- one is to one.
You can also dip the tip of a clean cloth in ACV then directly scrub it on the stained area.
- But just like with baking soda, because of it’s acidity levels, you should only do this about once or twice a week.
Make it a habit to snack on celery. Because water is pretty much it’s main component, chewing on this green stick can actually dislodge plaque and even clean in between. How great is that? Plus, it is definitely the healthy choice over chips.