If you have the proper brushing equipment with you and still can’t remove the icky yellow and grey stains from your teeth, it means you’re overlooking something important. Sure, stained teeth are an age-related phenomenon as we get older, but that can also be the case with common foods, drinks and also mouthwashes.
Well, your troubles have finally come to an end because this post shows how you can obtain pearly whites, all by following the effective tactics listed below:
Regular Dental Appointments
Now before you and buy yourself a pack of minty gum strips or even set up a hyper-whitening appointment with your dentist, make sure everything health-wise is taken care of. Dentist Dr. Jeanne Strathearn recommends that you ensure there’s no underlying disease before you decide to opt for a whitening program as well as make sure you get a thorough cleaning so you can get the best benefits.
Keep Away From Items That Stain Your Teeth
Coffee and red wine are some of the common culprits of staining your teeth, but they aren’t the only ones. Here are the other perpetrators in the form of foods and drinks that leave your teeth looking less than bright and clean:
- White wine
- Barbecue sauce
- Black tea
- Green tea
- Sugary treats
- Balsamic vinegar
These items listed above are known to cause extrinsic stains. Fortunately, those stains can be removed or at the very least improved through whitening programs and products.
If you don’t want to give up on your daily consumption of coffee or wine, just be sure to rinse your mouth with water within 30 minutes of consumption. Doing this will wash away the fiendish liquid and decrease the chances of your teeth getting stained. And rinsing is better than brushing especially after eating because, during that time, you’ll be scrubbing the enamel-eroding acid from stain-causing foods and drinks into your teeth.
Consume Tooth-Whitening Products
Coming off from the last point, there are certain foods that can actually brighten your teeth, fight stains and improve your overall oral health such as:
- Apples: It turns “An apple is a day keeps the doctor away” wasn’t just a metaphor after all. Apples not only improve your gum health but also stimulate saliva production, that can help rinse stains away.
- Cheese, yogurt, and milk: These are rich in calcium that strengthens teeth enamel and appearance.
- Nuts, broccoli, celery, and carrots: They have an abrasive and coarse abrasive texture that scrub off stains.
- Raw onions: Raw onions contain sulfur that prevents plaque.
- Strawberries: Strawberries contain malic acid that naturally remove surface stains from teeth.
Home tooth-whitening kits contain a bleaching chemical known as carbamide peroxide that helps remove both deep and surface stains and can change the natural color of your teeth. Tooth-whitening kits are efficient in getting rid of coffee-stained teeth.
Some kits include a peroxide-based gel, along with a brush, that can be applied to the surface of your teeth. In other kits, the gel comes in a tray that molds to the teeth and should be worn every day (for 30 to 45 minutes) for a week or so.
Whitening Toothpaste And Rinses
Over-the-counter toothpaste, rinses, and gels are also efficient in removing some surface stains. Most of the products contain mild abrasives, polishing agents or chemicals. And unlike bleaches, these products don’t change the natural color of your teeth.
Home-whitening strips are thin, transparent strips that are coated with a peroxide-based whitening gel that remove tooth stains. They’re supposed to be applied for a few minutes daily for a week or more. The results start showing up within a few days and can last for at least a year. Even though they’re not as dramatic as whitening kits, they are very easy to use and pretty much failproof.
Daily Brushing And Flossing
Keep the aforementioned tips in mind, it’s always a good idea to stick to good old-fashioned brushing and flossing. These must be practiced on a daily basis to combat bacteria and plaque build-up. Though when brushing, don’t be too forceful, or else you may scrub away the enamel at the gum line. And when you floss, go below the gum line – between the gum and the teeth. Though for a better all-round, we’d recommend getting a water flosser, which is an oral health appliance designed for dental care at home.
Tooth Whitening And Dental Work
Use caution when approaching tooth whitening, especially if you have plenty of dental veneers, fillings, bonds, bridges, and crowns. Bleach will not lighten up manufactured teeth, in other words, they will stand out more than your whitened natural teeth. That’s why in order to match your whitened teeth, you need to look up new dental work, including bonding or veneer.