When you say hello, your smile should glow. Let your teeth do the talking for you. Enjoy these 5 Fresh Tips For White Teeth!
Our smile is one of our best assets. It’s a signal of your health, attractiveness, and how well you take care of yourself. First impressions matter the most, and giving someone a smile with your pearly whites is part of making a good one.
Over time, we eat different foods, and consume drinks that can stain our teeth, or erode them. There are some do it yourself remedies which are effective in addition to regular dental care.
White teeth are better than yellow, so lets figure out where to go from here.
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What Makes My Teeth Turn Yellow?
There are a couple core reasons your teeth aren’t looking as good as they used to, especially if you aren’t brushing and rinsing as often as you should:
Damage To Tooth Enamel
Your enamel is the outermost layer of the teeth, which give you that nice white teeth shine. When plaque builds up, it will cause your teeth to look dingy and yellow.
You can usually remedy this issue with a solid cleaning schedule, and regular whitening sessions. But if you scrub too hard, or eat foods that are too acidic, it slowly wears away the enamel; and reveals the next layer, called dentin.
Dentin is a not white like enamel. It is actually more of a yellowish-brown color, and can make you think your teeth are stained or dirty; when in fact, you’ve removed the outermost layer of your tooth.
Very few people actually have naturally white teeth, especially since they tend to go yellow over time. Yellow teeth are not a sign of a health issue, but you may want to go get a checkup to see if your enamel is weakened, or you have cavities.
Certain food and drinks will really do a number on your smile. These include coffee, and red wine. They also can wear down the enamel, causing a double whammy of ugly.
What Can I Do To Get My Teeth White?
1. Stop The Stains Before They Start
First things first, you’ve got to cut back on the super staining food and drinks. The ones that contain those super dark pigments such as wine, coffee, tea, soda, fruit juice, and the list go on.
This doesn’t mean you have to stop cold turkey, but instead try to avoid letting them sit on your teeth for longer than necessary.
It may not always be practical, but using a straw for some beverages will help avoid contact with your teeth. Also, it is advised you brush your teeth shortly after to limit the amount of time they are in contact with your teeth.
2. Limit The Acidic In Your Diet
If you don’t want yellow teeth from your enamel showing, you’re going to have to stop eating the acidic food. This means sour fruits, and coffee for starters.
And if you do partake, make sure you rinse your mouth out; and brush your teeth shortly after finishing so that the acid doesn’t have a chance to set in your teeth.
But be careful, it is not recommended that you brush for about 30 minutes after eating, since the acid can weaken the enamel making your teeth easier to damage with brushing.
3. Give Sugar A Break
Sugar not only causes dental problems such as cavities, it causes the rapid growth of bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria cause gingivitis, and plaque to form on your teeth.
This plaque then degrades the enamel on your teeth, causing an exposure of dentin (1). Therefore, your teeth will be more yellow.
4. Add Baking Soda For White Teeth
Baking soda has been used as a natural tooth whitening agent for many years . In fact, many commercial toothpaste brands contain baking soda.
It’s not too tough on your teeth, but is abrasive enough that it can help remove some stains from the surface of your chompers.
It also creates an environment in your mouth which neutralizes acid. This means that bacteria which thrive off an acidic mouth will not be able to grow as well. They key is consistency, as it will take some time before you will notice any results.
Baking soda toothpastes are better at removing plaque from your teeth compared to the regular types of toothpaste (3).
5. Don’t Forget The Basics
You should be brushing and flossing your teeth around twice per day to avoid plaque buildup that stains teeth yellow. The toothpaste will remove stains that form on the font of your teeth, and flossing will remove food particles that bacteria form on in between.
It’s also a good idea to wash your mouth with a dentist recommended mouthwash that can re-mineralize your teeth and help protect your enamel.
Another good idea would be to schedule a regular dental cleaning at least once per year if possible, but every six months would be best. This is how you keep your white teeth.