Everybody wants white teeth. White teeth are one of the indicators of good grooming and good health. This is evident by the fact that many people buy over-the-counter whitening products to achieve the brilliant smile that celebrities have.
Why do teeth turn yellow?
To know how to whiten teeth, understanding why your teeth turn yellow is a good starting point. As Dr David Madruga Gonzalez explains, ‘Teeth can be stained by foods, drinks, smoking and certain medications’. This may lead to enamel erosion, which leaves the teeth more vulnerable to acid attack and discolouration.
What are the remedies for teeth discolouration?
Thankfully, some home remedies are available to people who have yellow teeth. If you cannot set an appointment with your dentist, you may try some of these before your next visit.
Here are some of the remedies that you may try at home:
- Paste made with baking soda and lemon juice – Baking soda, being mildly abrasive, gently scrubs the teeth surface to remove stains left by dark food and beverages. As an alkaline solution, it also reduces the acidity of lemons that serve as the bleaching agent in the mixture.
- Apples and carrots – Apples and carrots are naturally fibrous, and the fibre materials scrub the teeth, removing stains similar to that of a toothbrush. Certain food may also bring about the same results.
- Charcoal – Some people ground charcoal and mix it with toothpaste. Charcoal has a powerful crystal-based chemical that helps in reducing acidity and whitening the teeth.
Healthy, white teeth make a person more attractive and bring out more self-confidence. Whilst home remedies may provide a temporary solution to teeth discolouration, nothing beats consultation with a dentist. A visit to your dentist today can point you to the right cosmetic dentistry procedure that will brighten and whiten your teeth.