Whitening your teeth is an easy way to freshen up your appearance and can even make you look younger. Yellow teeth have the exact opposite effect. In order to treat the condition, first we need to know the cause behind it.
Your teeth are covered with a smooth layer of enamel, which is usually white. There is another lower layer called dentin (which is yellow in color), which is revealed when the enamel wears out. The wearing out of the enamel is a result of certain undesirable lifestyle, dietary, and oral habits. So before we get to the teeth whitening remedies, here’s what you need to do to slow down the wearing out of the enamel.
Drinking too much tea or coffee stains the teeth and erode the enamel. Prefer water over sugary drinks, they are a mix of acidity and sugar, both of which are bad for the teeth. Smoking is a big NO NO. And avoid brushing right after eating, because the acid and sugar produced when we eat weakens the enamel temporarily and brushing it at the time weakens it further.
If you want whiter teeth, but also want to avoid the chemicals, then follow these 5 options that are both natural and safe.
Brushing And Flossing
- Ensure your brush has soft/medium bristles that don’t damage the gum.
Apple Cider Vinegar
- Give your teeth a nice rub with apple cider vinegar, rinse off thoroughly and repeat for a few days to get that sparkling white smile.
- Rub your teeth with the inside of a banana peel or orange peel. The peel is rich in magnesium, manganese and potassium which recharges the enamel. Brush your teeth a few minutes later and use the peel at least twice a week.
Eat Your Way To White Teeth
- Include a lot of crunchy vegetables like apples, carrots and celery in your diet. They’re sharp and abrasive which means they’ll rub against the surface of your teeth without harming the enamel. Also consume a lot of milk and milk based products as they increase pH levels and re-minelarize the teeth enamel, leaving behind a stunning shine.
- Mix very little baking soda with water and pour it over your tooth brush before you start brushing. Or apply it using your finger tips and leave it on for about 1 minute. Baking soda can work wonders for your teeth but be sure to use it sparingly or it can erode the enamel.