Dr. Gerald Regni / March 26, 2021
According to reports, Americans spend billions of dollars on teeth whitening products each year. Unfortunately, many of these products are bad for your teeth because of the chemicals used in making them. Instead of a bright smile, you’ll end up with damaged teeth. Are you willing to risk your precious smile? When it comes to teeth whitening, your safest option is to go natural. Look for products that are made from natural ingredients because you can be confident that they won’t harm your teeth. How can you make your teeth whiter naturally? Here’s what you need to do.
The American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes. To keep surface stains away, we highly suggest you heed the advice of the ADA. Sometimes, yellow teeth are a result of the food and drinks you consumed during the day. Brushing your teeth will help remove these stains. However, do not brush your teeth right after you have taken acidic drinks and foods because if you brush right away, you’ll be brushing the acids against your teeth and this can lead to premature enamel erosion. To add to the brightening effect, why don’t you try FDA-approved whitening toothpaste or you can ask your dentist for a good quality toothpaste brand.
Another way to remove tooth stains is through oil pulling. This is a traditional method popularized by Indians. Besides whitening your teeth, oil pulling is also said to improve your oral health. In this technique, you’ll need to gurgle oil in your mouth. You can use sesame, sunflower, or coconut oil. Among the three, coconut oil is widely used because of its pleasant taste. Oil pulling is believed to help remove bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria is what causes plaque to build up around your teeth resulting in teeth yellowing. Therefore, if you’re looking for a natural method of teeth whitening, you can go for oil pulling. Just take one tablespoon of oil and gargle it in your mouth for around fifteen to twenty minutes.
If you Google ‘teeth whitening’ we’re sure you’ll encounter suggestions that you brush your teeth with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Baking soda is a product you’ll find in any pantry but aside from incorporating it into your baked goods, baking soda is popular for removing tooth stains because of its abrasive quality. Hydrogen peroxide is also a bleaching agent. Aside from giving you a bright smile, it also helps destroy bacteria in your mouth. If you find a toothpaste that contains both baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, that would be great but if not, you can always do it yourself at home. Combine one tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide. Mix them thoroughly until it turns pasty. You can then switch your regular toothpaste with this one. You won’t see results after one session but you will see a difference over time.
If after doing home remedies you are still not satisfied with the results, you can always visit your cosmetic dentist and ask for help. Cosmetic dentistry offers safe and effective techniques that are guaranteed to whiten your teeth. Examples of procedures include in-office teeth whitening, veneers, and dental bonding.
We understand that yellow teeth can make you feel insecure. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to whiten your teeth you just have to be wary about the techniques you use because if you end up with a teeth whitening technique that isn’t backed up by science and research, your teeth will suffer the consequences.
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