Tips to whitening your teeth
2. Brush with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste:
Baking soda has teeth whitening properties, that’s why it’s prevalent in toothpaste commercials. It helps in rubbing off stains from the tooth surface due to its mildly abrasive nature. Hydrogen peroxide, on the other hand, is a natural bleaching agent. It also helps in killing bacteria. People have been using hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria on wounds from many, many years now.
What do you get if you could make a toothpaste of the two substances? A perfect tooth whitening solution! Take one tablespoon of baking soda and two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide. Mix both the contents, and you’ll end up with a paste. Use this paste to brush your teeth regularly. It’s not magic; you wouldn’t get super shiny teeth just after one session. Use this paste daily, and you’ll eventually start to see the difference.
You can also make a mouthwash with the same ratio of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, plus some water.
Both the substances are harmless, but if you’re feeling you have done something wrong like using the wrong ingredients, see your dentist immediately.
3. Oil pulling:
Oil pulling is a traditional teeth whitening remedy by Indians. This technique is also meant to improve your overall oral health and hygiene.
To perform oil pulling, you have to squish oil around in your mouth. Any oil could be used for oil pulling, but sunflower oil and sesame oil are mostly used. Coconut oil is also a popular option as it tastes delightful and offers other health benefits as well.
Oil pulling is useful because it helps remove many types of bacteria from the mouth. These bacteria cause plaque and make your teeth yellowish. Hence, oil pulling could be very useful for you in your tooth whitening quest.
There’s no scientific evidence supporting the fact that oil pulling is useful for tooth whitening, but the people who used this technique are pleased with the results. Plus, there’s no harm in giving it a try, is there?
To perform oil pulling with coconut oil, take one tablespoon of it and squish it around in your mouth. Continue this process for 15 to 20 minutes.
4. Rub banana, orange, or lemon peels:
Just like oil pulling, this remedy also doesn’t have any scientific research supporting it. However, the people who gave it a shot are happy with the results. Plus it doesn’t involve any harmful chemicals, so why not?
To perform this “trick”, take a banana, orange, or lemon peel and gently rub it on your teeth. Keep rubbing it for about 2 minutes, then thoroughly wash your mouth and brush your teeth.
The peels of these fruits contain citric acid, which theoretically helps in teeth whitening. If you’re having sensitivity issues, chances are your teeth enamel is weak or has worn off. In that case, it’s not recommended to use this remedy. If you have already tried and are having any trouble with your teeth, visiting your dentist should be your immediate response.
5. Take a diet rich in fruits and vegetables:
Crunchy fruits and vegetables are known to rub off plaque from your teeth while you chew them. They are not a replacement for brushing your teeth of course, but any remedy is an excellent remedy if it gives results as expected. Plus, fruits and vegetables are known to be very useful for your overall health, that’s a win-win for you.
Two of the fruits which have been claimed to whiten your teeth are pineapple and strawberry. An enzyme named “bromelain” found in pineapple is effective in removing stains and useful in overall tooth whitening. Strawberries, on the other hand, contain malic acid, which is known to remove discoloration on your teeth and make them appear whiter.
5. Go to the dentist:
If none of those mentioned above remedies seem to work for you and your teeth are continuously becoming more and more yellowish, it might be time to let a professional handle this, a dentist in this case, of course. Veneers or dental implants might be your choice instead of teeth with poor color and health. Veneers are very thin wafers of porcelain which are permanently mounted onto your teeth. Veneers mask your teeth and display an artificial color, shape, or positioning. Veneers are not actually a “teeth whitening” solution, but they can make your smile look brighter by masking an artificial layer on your teeth. If your teeth’s health and color don’t seem to be repairable, dental implants could be the way to go. Dental implants are metal posts that are meant to hold artificial teeth replacements on them.
6. EAT YOUR WAY TO CLEANER TEETH
A. ‘Strawberries contain malic acid, which is a natural tooth whitener. However, don’t keep strawberries on your teeth for long as the fruit acid will attack the enamel,’ advises Dr Mervyn Druian, The London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry.
B. ‘Foods that are firm or crisp are known to help clean teeth as they’re eaten. Apples are considered to be “nature’s toothbrush” and are a great way of cleaning teeth on the go. Other choices include raw carrots, celery and popcorn. All of these foods are known as “detergent” foods, as the rough edges act as a cleaner to remove bacteria from the teeth. Try to make these the final foods you eat in your meal if you know you won’t be able to brush your teeth right after eating,’ says Dr Peta Leigh, Elleven Dental.
C. ‘This may come as a surprise to many, but cheese is also known for helping to maintain healthy white teeth,’ adds Dr Leigh. ‘Although very fattening, cheese speeds the neutralisation of acid and remineralisation of enamel. Less damage to our enamel equals fewer discolorations. In addition, cheese is also high in calcium, which is known for strengthening bones and teeth. For a healthier alternative, milk and yogurt act in the same way as the cheese.’
D. ‘Anything that will stain a white shirt will stain your teeth. So avoid dark foods and drink fizzy drinks with a straw,’ says Dr Uchenna Okoye, Oral-B ambassador and dental expert on Channel 4’s 10 Years Younger.
E. ‘Eat white foods: the whiter the foods you eat, the whiter your teeth will be,’ advises Wimpole St Dental’s Dr Richard Marques. ‘Eat chicken, rice and fish. Avoid pigmented foods such as beetroot, blueberries and Chinese/Indian takeaway (which has lots of turmeric or food colourings).’
F. ‘Chewing gum is also very beneficial when it comes to maintaining a white smile,’ recommends Dr Leigh. ‘Chewing gum helps to clean teeth mechanically by removing debris, and it stimulates production of saliva, which increases your saliva’s ability to neutralise acid and remineralise your enamel, ultimately strengthening teeth. Make sure you choose a sugar-free gum and if it has whitening properties, even better!’
7. ADJUST YOUR BRUSHING
A. ‘Fluoride is topical and therefore it needs to be topped up frequently. It is best to spit rather than rinse after brushing your teeth so the fluoride stays in your mouth for longer. This is especially important for the night-time brush so the fluoride can coat your teeth while you sleep,’ says Dr Okoye.
B ‘Baking soda is a natural teeth whitener and included in many toothpastes. Try mixing a quarter teaspoon of baking soda with water and applying this to the teeth with your toothbrush. Alternatively, add the baking soda to a cheap toothpaste. It will not damage your teeth in any way but will make them look gradually whiter over time,’ advises Dr Marques.
C. ‘Use an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes can remove up to 70% more plaque than manual brushes alone. They also remove more stains by vibrating or rotating more effectively,’ adds Dr Marques.
8. WASH AWAY BACTERIA
A. ‘Water is not only essential for overall wellbeing, it is also vital for great oral health. Water acts as a natural cleaner and has the power to wash away bacteria and residue left on the teeth after eating, so be sure to drink a glass of water after every meal,’ says Dr Leigh.
B. ‘Use warm salt water to rinse. This helps to whiten your teeth naturally and looks after your gums. Mix a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm, kettle-boiled water (cool it down first) and use it as mouthwash. Salt is a natural antibacterial that works by attacking bacterial cell walls,’ suggests Dr Marques.
C. ‘Use coconut oil as a mouth rinse; this is known as oil pulling. Use a tablespoon of coconut oil and swill in the mouth for as long as you can – the longer the better, 15 minutes is the ideal time,’ advises Dr Marques.
D. ‘Flossing removes some of the staining in between teeth, making your smile instantly look whiter. Try to floss several times a week as this will not only improve the health of your gums, you will also notice your smile looking brighter,’ recommends Dr Leigh.
A. ‘Wear red lipstick with a blue undertone to make your teeth appear whiter,’ says Dr Druian