Teeth discoloration is part of the aging process. Just like we fight fine lines and wrinkles on the face, we fight teeth discoloration too. While it is normal for teeth to discolour over the years, it is also in our hands to delay the process of discoloration. You can skip those bleaching sessions at the dentist or those chemical solutions as well, instead you can opt for these natural teeth whitening home remedies solutions that will keep your teeth healthy for a long time.
Let’s understand the basics first, there are several factors that allow the discoloration of the teeth to occur. The food and drinks we consume, the oral hygiene we maintain, the role our genetics plays and more. While certain foods can stain the enamel, it is also possible for regular consumption of unhealthy food and drinks to actually break down the enamel and weaken it as we age. As the enamel breaks, the discolouration begins to show.
These easy home remedies will help you to whiten your teeth to a great extent if the discoloration has already set in. The best part about these remedies is that you don’t need to expose your teeth to harsh chemicals that can further affect it.
Yes, you read that right! Eat strawberries! Strawberries contain an enzyme malic acid that helps to restore the whiteness of the teeth. Strawberries are also rich in Vitamin C that can act like an astringent and help to remove the surface stains of the teeth. The Vitamin C in the strawberries also helps to wash away plaque. Mash a few strawberries and brush your teeth with this mix at least twice a week for a few months to get the desired results. Or you could just eat a few strawberries and chew them really well allowing them to spread all over your teeth.
Oil pulling or oil swishing is an ancient technique with roots in Ayurveda. It is an age old tradition of cleansing the mouth. In this method, a small amount of oil is poured into the mouth and swirled around, similar to a mouthwash, and then spat out. The ‘pulling’ refers to how the oil works by pulling out toxins from the mouth. You can also read more about the benefits of oil pulling here.
Eat Crunchy Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots and celery are great for your teeth because of its crunchiness. Chewing crunchy food helps to eliminate excess food and bacteria from your mouth. It also aids in lessening the stains from your teeth. Apples are known to contain malic acid that removes surface stains.
Brush your tongue
Did you know that brushing your tongue is more than just oral hygiene? Studies indicate that brushing your tongue can also prevent staining your teeth. Your tongue accumulates bacteria that can lead to the discolouration of the teeth. Use a soft toothbrush and make long strokes starting at the very back of the tongue. Rinse your brush and your mouth after each stroke. Doing this twice a week will help to dislodge the bacterial deposits on your tongue.
Floss Your Teeth
Flossing is a healthy habit that can help get rid of a lot of oral hygiene issues. It is important to floss your teeth at night before you sleep. A simple act of flossing can remove the staining between your teeth, helping them to look whiter and cleaner.
The best way is to also ensure that you brush your teeth at twice a day to maintain good oral hygiene that can stop the discolouration of teeth. Most food can stain your teeth, especially if you smoke or drink endless cups of tea and coffee. Caring for the teeth begin with you. Follow these simple steps to ensure good and clean teeth all the time.
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