Having a beautiful dentition is very important because your teeth is more or less the first thing to be noticed on your face.That’s why a lot pf people resort to different whitening paste as part of their dental care. With a glowing teeth comes a certain kind of feeling. They’re a sign of health as well as confidence. When making a first impression, most worry about having aged, crooked or discoloured teeth, which can send a signal that you don’t really care about yourself or take good care of yourself.
However, most times, discolouration is beyond your control. There are natural and cost effective ways of making sure your teeth stays glowing. But first,we will look at what causes decoloration.
How does the teeth turn yellow?
Decoloration of the teeth occur as a result of the stains that develop on the enamel as well as inside the tooth itself. Underneath the enamel is a pale brown substance called dentin, which can become more visible when enamel gets thinner, a very common occurrence for many adults. The thinning down of the enamel can be influenced by factors like aging, genetics and intake of foods that promote erosion and/or and staining.
Some of the reasons teeth turn yellow or brown include:
Drinking coffee or tea
Thinning tooth enamel due to ageing
Eating a poor diet.
Excessive fluroride intake, especially if this habit starts when you’re a child
Here are some of the cost effective ways you can naturally whiten your teeth
- Try Oil Pulling
Oil Pulling is a traditional Indian folk remedy used to improve oral hygiene and remove toxins from the teeth.
This involves swishing oil around in your mouth to remove bacteria. This bacteria can easily turn into plaque. Hence, decoloring your teeth.
Coconut oil is a popular choice for oil Pulling. This is because of its high lauric acid which is prominent for its ability to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria. Coconut oil is also people’s choice because of its pleasant taste.
This oil Pulling method reduces the bacteria, plaque, and gingivitis in your mouth to the barest minimum. This kind of oil Pulling does not expose your teeth to ingredients that erode the enamel
How to use
Put 1 teaspoon of coconut water in your mouth and be sure to pull the oil through your teeth. Be sure to wait few seconds for oil to melt. Continue our Pulling for a 15/20 minutes.
Spit coconut oil completely into a trash can or toilet. Avoid swallowing
- Brush with baking soda
Baking soda has natural whitening properties. This is why it is an important ingredient in toothpaste.
It is a mild abrasive that can help scrub away surface stains on teeth. It creates an alkaline environment in your mouth which prevents bacteria from growing.
Therefore, brushing with baking soda or paste with the baking soda properties rids your mouth of bacteria and buffs away surface stains
How to use
Mix one teaspoon of baking soda or paste made with baking soda. Brush your teeth with the paste.
This whitening does not however take place overnight. It involves a gradual process
- Hydrogen Peroxide
This is a natural bleaching agent that also kills bacteria in your mouth. It has been used over the years to disinfect wounds because of its ability to kill bacteria.
Just like baking soda, it is one of the ingredients in toothpaste.
One way of using hydrogen peroxide Is by mixing it with baking powder to make a toothpaste. Combine 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with I teaspoon of baking soda and gently brush your teeth with the mixture.
However, limit the use of this homemade paste as overuse can damage your tooth.
Another way of using hydrogen peroxide is as a mouth wash before you brush. Be sure to use it in very small doses to avoid side effects. And make sure you spit it out
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider vinegar has a reputation for being a natural cleaning product. This is because of the presence of Acetic acid. Acetic acid is the main active ingredient in apple vinegar and it effectively kills bacteria. This antibacterial property of apple Cider vinegar is what makes useful for cleansing your mouth, hence whitening your teeth.
However, this acetic acid also has the tendency to erode the enamel on your teeth. This is why you should limit the amount of time the vinegar as in contact with your and also avoid using it every day.
If you must use as a mouth wash, be sure to dilute with water, swish it around in your mouth for several minutes. Make sure to rinse your mouth with plain water afterwards.
- Limit intake of sugar
You might have to cut back on your sugar intake if you desire a whiter teeth.
It aids the growth of the bacteria that causes plaques and gingivitis. And this causes discolouration of teeth.
For times, you consume a sugary food, be sure to brush your teeth soon after you eat.
- Take plenty calcium in your diet
Tooth decoloration is primarily caused by enamel eroding away and exposing the dentin underneath;which is yellow in colour
Therefore, calcium rich foods like milk, bone and cheese will help strengthen your teeth,hence, preventing decoloration.
- Daily brushing and flossing
Regular brushing and flossing helps your teeth stay clean and white. It reduces the bacteria in your mouth, thereby preventing plaque buildup.
Regular visit to your dentist’s office for regular cleanings can also prevent the build up of yellowing plaque on your teeth.
- Activated charcoal
This is one of the most natural and cost effective way of whitening teeth. All you need to do is grind the charcoal to powder.
Dip your wet toothbrush into the powdery charcoal and brush with it.
- Banana peels
Banana peel is another natural whitening agent. This is because it has contains lots of magnesium, potassium and other teeth whitening minerals that can make the colour of your teeth look better. The banana peel method is very easy to use. Just rub the peels on your teeth for some minutes after brushing and rinse out of your mouth with warm water.