Watch what you drink
Anything that stains a white shirt — like coffee, tea, cola, or red wine — can also stain your teeth. Try to cut back if you drink these every day. And rinse your mouth with water when you’re finished.
Your lip colour
Slick on a lipstick or gloss in a shade like cherry red, wine, berry, plum, or rosy pink. The blue-based or pink-based undertones will make any yellowish tones in your teeth less obvious. Try a lip-plumping formula for a fuller pout. Ingredients like cinnamon and mint boost blood flow to the lips.
You’ve got plenty of choices to brighten your teeth without a visit to the dentist’s office. Whitening toothpastes remove surface stains with gentle brushing. Try whitening gels, pens, rinses, strips, swabs, and trays that you can by in the drugstore. They work by bleaching teeth with a mild peroxide.
The benefits are enough to make you, smile. Turn up the corners of your mouth into a grin when you’re stressed and you’ll feel calmer. Smiling lowers blood pressure and releases the body’s natural painkillers. When you smile, people like and trust you more. They also think you’re younger than you are.
Home remedies for whiter teeth
Some people still prefer the age-old home remedy of baking soda and a toothbrush to gently whiten teeth at home. Also, some foods such as celery, apples, pears, and carrots trigger lots of saliva, which helps wash away food debris on your teeth. Chewing sugarless gum is a tooth-cleansing action and also triggers saliva. A bonus from all that saliva: It neutralizes the acid that causes tooth decay. With teeth, more saliva is better all around.
Not only is it bad for your health, smoking is one of the worst offenders when it comes to staining teeth. Tobacco causes brown stains that penetrate the grooves and pits of tooth enamel. Tobacco stains can be hard to remove by brushing alone. The longer you smoke, the more entrenched the stains become. Smoking also causes bad breath and gingivitis (gum disease), and increases the risk of most types of cancer.
Foods that stain teeth
The deep colour of these fruits and veggies gives them their nutritional punch. But blueberries, blackberries, and beets leave their colour on teeth as well. Eat up for your health, and prevent tooth stains by:
- Brushing teeth immediately after eating.
- Rinsing your mouth with water.
Medications that can stain teeth
The antibiotic tetracycline causes gray teeth in children whose teeth are still developing. Antibacterial mouthwashes that contain chlorhexidine or cetylpyridinium chloride can also stain teeth. Some antihistamines, antipsychotic drugs, and blood pressure medications cause tooth stains, as can iron and excess fluoride. If bleaching doesn’t help, ask your dentist about dental bonding, in which a tooth-colored material is applied to teeth.
One simple strategy can help maintain white teeth: brush. Brush at least twice daily. Brushing helps prevent stains and yellow teeth, especially at the gum line. Both electric and sonic toothbrushes may be superior to traditional toothbrushes in removing plaque and surface stains on teeth. Rinse well after every meal and snack. Also, don’t forget to floss daily.
Regular dental visits
See your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleaning. The abrasion and polishing methods dentists use can remove many teeth stains caused by food and tobacco.