5 Effective Ways to Whiten Your Teeth at Home

People take care of their appearance trying to be more attractive. Smile is a very important part of your appearance. However, your teeth can lose their pearly white color and become yellowish or greyish. Several reasons affect your teeth color. Your teeth may become less white because of aging. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent and eliminate the yellowish tint of your teeth at home. 

The following tips will help you effectively whiten your teeth or prevent their discoloration. You can try one of the following tips or combination of them to achieve a better result. 

1. Calcium supplements

Calcium is a very important nutrient that promotes the health of the teeth and bones. Calcium deficiency makes the bones and teeth fragile, brittle, yellowish or greyish. This happens because of enamel erosion. The enamel becomes thicker exposing the dentin, which is darker than the tooth enamel. Along with teeth color change, you may experience increased teeth sensitivity

All you need to solve this issue is to include more calcium-rich foods or calcium supplements in your diet. It is important to consult your doctor before buying any supplements. A specialist can determine the right dosage of calcium you need. 

2. Proper oral hygiene

Proper oral hygiene helps your teeth remain white and prevent many dental issues. By brushing your teeth you eliminate the plaque that forms on enamel during the day. If you regularly skip morning and evening teeth brushing, soft plaque hardens and turns in tartar. Tartar is a crusty deposit that can trap stains on the teeth and cause their discoloration.

To prevent teeth discoloration associated with tartar you need to brush them regularly, floss, and use a mouthwash. These simple actions can decrease your risk of teeth discoloration significantly. 

3. Baking soda

Baking soda is an ingredient of major dental products. It can help whiten the teeth enamel due to its abrasive structure. All you need to do is to gently scrub the baking soda over your tooth’s surface. You may combine baking soda with salt and water or lemon juice. You need to place your toothbrush in this substance and brush your teeth. 

This method won’t help you whiten the teeth overnight. You need to  brush your teeth with baking soda up to 3 times a week. This will help eliminate bacterias from the mouth and remove stains from the teeth. Do not overuse this method since it can cause enamel thickening and increase teeth sensitivity. 

4. Oil pulling

Oil pulling can help you whiten the teeth and promote oral hygiene. You need to apply some oil around your teeth to remove stains. Another way essential oils in dental routine is to prepare homemade mouthwash. The best oils for teeth whitening are coconut, peppermint, clove, cinnamon, and eucalyptus. 

Most oils have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. By using essential oils you can whiten the teeth, improve gums’ health, and decrease the risk of tooth decay. 

5. Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide contains natural bleaching ingredients. Most whitening kinds of toothpaste contain hydrogen peroxide. In addition to its whitening properties, hydrogen peroxide kills bacterias that are linked to gum disease and tooth decay. It is easy to find hydrogen peroxide in the nearby drug store or grocery store. 

You can use hydrogen peroxide for teeth brushing or pulling. For home whitening, it is recommended to use hydrogen peroxide diluted to around 3 percent. Higher concentration can damage your enamel and surrounding soft tissues. You can mix hydrogen peroxide with water in equal amounts and use it instead of mouthwash. This is the best and safest way to include it in your dental routine. 

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