How to Remove Stains from Your Teeth

Everyone wants white teeth not only for a fresh smile but also for good oral health. Any discoloration indicates bad teeth health apart from the not-so-good look. Well, there are many mediums through which your teeth can become stained.

Most of these mediums are the direct outcome of our unhealthy habits. It is essential to know these habits before moving ahead to remove those unwanted stains so that you can prevent them from happening further.

Unhealthy Habits: A Root Cause of Teeth Stains

While it is true that stained teeth can be due to ageing, many human habits also pave way for stubborn discoloration. Of all those unhealthy habits, chewing tobacco and smoking are most detrimental to your white teeth. Drinking colored beverages frequently such as tea and coffee, acidic items, and consuming too much of colored foods also decrease the whiteness of your teeth.

Effective Remedies: Removing Stains Effortlessly

The good news is that you can get rid of most stains or discoloration with simple remedies at home. It is not necessary to go to a dentist’s clinic to do so, although the deep and stubborn stains do need a medical whitening procedure.

There are several traditional stain removal methods but many of them come with harsh chemicals. For example, a few whitening toothpastes can harm your teeth due to their high level of abrasivity. So, it is better to choose the less harmful ones featuring mild chemicals or abrasives.

On the other hand, natural remedies are effective without triggering any side effects. Here are some remedies to try at home for mild to medium stains:

At-home Whitening Systems

These systems include gels, floss liquids, rinses, strips, and less abrasive whitening toothpastes containing polishing agents for removing the yellow and brown stains.

There are prescribed or over-the-counter tray-based whitening systems for home, which have a whitening gel in a guard. You need to wear this guard for some hours daily up to at least a fortnight to remove brown spots.

Whitening gels and strips with gel also remove stains conveniently. You just need to apply a strip on your teeth for a few minutes. Dental floss is a proven effective method to clean between the teeth, which is actually preventive, and not curative. Lastly, using a whitening rinse after meals effectively reduces stains and controls gum diseases.

Hydrogen Peroxide

This compound of oxygen and hydrogen seems to be the most effective home remedy to handle even a few stubborn stains that have just started to plague the teeth. It works by separating itself into oxygen and water and consequently acting as a bleaching agent. It might trigger gum sensitivity but is safe for standard whitening.

For best results, you can mix two teaspoons of it with the same amount of baking soda and brush the paste for not more than two minutes. Just take care that you do not swallow it. Baking soda is a weak alkaline whose molecules after breaking down oxidize stains to remove them.

Lemon Juice

This is a citric acid acting as a bleaching agent. Just use it with baking soda to remove those brown spots.

 

Abigail Morrison