Home Treatments to Help You Have Whiter Teeth

07.11.2018

Superficial objects such as money, and fancy things will never make a person truly happy. Instead, consider the small things you can do now, to change your life later. Everyone has a beautifully unique smile we are born with. With small changes, you can prevent small problems that have great consequences, such as gingivitis or getting yellow teeth.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and the only good things about it are it can be prevented with good oral hygiene then reversed once it occurs. The condition starts when bacteria stick to the teeth and the gums and are not brushed away. They form a sticky film called dental plaque, and when this plaque comes in contact with foods, the bacteria eat it. As they do so they secrete acids and enzymes that irritate the gums and even destroy the enamel that protects the teeth. Moreover, plaque can invade the tight areas in between the teeth and become especially hard to remove.

Consequences of Gingivitis

With gingivitis, the person notices that their gums are red and puffy around at least one of their teeth. Without proper care, the swelling and redness become worse, and the gums may easily bleed. When the person brushes their teeth they may notice streaks of red in the sink from their irritated and bleeding gums. Sometimes the gums are tender or sensitive, but some people are not aware that there is something wrong until they take a close look at their teeth. If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to a more serious disease called periodontitis.

Yellow Teeth

Yellow teeth are unattractive and can damage an otherwise perfect smile. Unfortunately, the most people enjoy these days can easily lead to yellow and stained teeth. Find out what types of foods stain teeth and how to get rid of stains easily from the comfort of your home.

What Makes Teeth Yellow?

The main causes of yellow teeth are food and environment issues. Some of the main food offenders that can stain teeth include coffee, tea, red wine and acidic foods. Tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars and dip, can also stain teeth and should be avoided. To avoid future staining, you should cut all nicotine from your daily life and limit foods that encourage staining.

 

There are several things a person can do to prevent gingivitis as well as get rid of stained teeth. They include:

Coconut Oil

One of the most popular ways to whiten teeth in the past few years is oil pulling. Though oil pulling has been around for thousands of years, it has grown in popularity over the last five years or so. The idea behind oil pulling is that you put a bit of oil in your mouth and “pull” it back and forth between your teeth with a sucking motion.

One of the best oils to use for pulling is coconut oil. This oil has antibacterial properties and is a natural teeth whitener. Simple put one tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth. Pull the oil between your teeth for around five minutes. Don’t swallow the oil as it has pulled bacteria from your gums and tongue. Spit the oil in the trash. Do this once a day.

Baking Soda

Another time-tested way to whiten teeth is with baking soda. You can purchase toothpaste with baking soda in it, or you can simply make a paste with baking soda and water to whiten your teeth. Baking soda is a natural exfoliant, so you can get rid of a lot of tartar and plaque that can make teeth appear yellow.

It can also remove the stains from your teeth that are the result of too much coffee, red wine and acidic foods.

Activated Charcoal

Another new way to whiten teeth is by using activated charcoal. You can use this charcoal as a toothpaste or in addition to the toothpaste you already use. Activated charcoal has antibacterial properties and can also counteract toxins in the body. You can use activated charcoal to prevent stains as well as a way to fight stains that are already on your teeth.

To use, simply make a paste of the food-grade activated charcoal and a tablespoon of water. Apply the paste to your toothbrush and brush your teeth with the charcoal. The charcoal acts as an exfoliant as well as a detoxifying agent.

Apple Cider Vinegar

If you want to create a mouthwash that has tooth whitening properties, simply mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water. Swish this solution in your mouth for 30 to 60 seconds. Spit the solution out in the sink when you’re finished.

Food

One of the most effective ways to whiten your teeth at home includes being aware of the foods you eat. Since you already know that foods like coffee and red wine stain teeth, you should already have stopped eating those foods on a regular basis. Luckily, there are foods that you can eat that will reverse the process of tooth yellowing.

Foods, such as strawberries and pineapple can help you whiten your teeth while you eat. Try to incorporate these foods into meals as much as possible and avoid foods high in acidity that can destroy the enamel on your teeth.

If none of these home treatments whiten your teeth enough for your liking, you can always visit your dentist for a professional whitening. Search for a qualified dentist or other professional that can yield the results you’ve been looking for.

Avoiding Sugary Foods

Foods that are full of sugars and simple carbohydrates should be eaten sparingly. These are the substances that support the growth of colonies of harmful bacteria.

Brushing After Meals

Brushing after each and every meal is not practical for many people, but they should still brush their teeth at least once a day. Foods and drinks such as chocolate, coffee, red wine, soda, beets, and balsamic vinegar can discolor your teeth over time. Regular brushing removes the stains that food can leave behind, resulting in whiter teeth. It is recommended that you brush at least twice a day for 2 to 3 minutes at a time. It is also important to brush in circular motions and to make sure you reach every tooth, including the teeth at the back of your mouth. Using a whitening toothpaste with stronger ingredients is also a good idea.

 

One bit of advice is to wait at least a half an hour before brushing after a meal to allow the tooth enamel to remineralize. Some acidic foods cause enamel to soften, and brushing too soon after a meal can remove some of it. Dentists recommend toothbrushes with soft bristles that are gentle on both the teeth and the gums. Electric toothbrushes are also recommended as they remove even more plaque from the teeth.

Rinsing With Antibacterial Mouthwash

Antibacterial mouthwashes help reduce the levels of bacteria that lead to gingivitis. Many of these mouthwashes also come with fluoride, so they strengthen the teeth as well as fight dental plaque.

Mouth Whitening Strips

Teeth whitening strips fit over your teeth and provide a layer of peroxide. The peroxide gel has a bleaching effect and can lighten your teeth by up to two shades. There are various types and brands of strips available, and they are typically much less expensive than traditional whitening treatments performed at a clinic. Another alternative are teeth whitening trays.

Teeth Whitening Trays

There are many whitening trays available over-the-counter that cost a fraction of the price of whitening trays you would receive from the dentist. The trays contain a bleaching gel that can whiten your teeth by up to two shades. They are typically worn everyday for 2 to 4 hours and should be worn on both top and bottom teeth.

Hydrogen Peroxide And Baking Soda

Mixing baking soda with hydrogen peroxide is a natural teeth whitening remedy that is both effective and cost-efficient. You can make a homemade paste using these ingredients, or you can purchase a toothpaste that contains baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. It is recommended that you use this mixture two or three times a week to remove stains and obtain whiter teeth.

Flossing

Some experts in dental health no longer believe that flossing is a requirement. Others believe it is a good way to remove particles of food in the tight spaces between the teeth that encourage the growth of harmful bacteria. Many dentists believe that their patients should floss at least once a day. Systems that use water to floss the teeth are also good to use and may even be more effective than regular string floss.

Visiting the Dentist

It’s important that a person visit their local dentist at least twice a year for cleaning, and they should make an appointment with the dentist if they notice that their gums are bleeding or inflamed. The dentist can deep clean the teeth to remove plaque and calculus even from the “pockets” in between the teeth and around the teeth’s roots. Calculus is a hardened form of plaque that is very hard for a layperson to remove.

 

It is simple and easy to take care of the gums and avoid gingivitis. Avoiding gingivitis also avoids more serious gum problems, some of which can lead to the loss of otherwise healthy teeth.

 

Benefits of Healthier Teeth

Confidence Boost

A great benefit to having healthy teeth is the confidence boost you get knowing you’re rocking a movie star smile. Knowing that you have a smile that will make anyone fall in love will give you quite a confidence boost. When you come across someone down in the dumps because of gingivitis or teeth staining, you have the skills needed to help them and save their smile. This can make you feel very good about yourself. Not only will it make you feel better about yourself but it will also give you the self-esteem needed to succeed in other aspects of your life, too.

 

Peace of Mind

In everyday life, we often don’t have the time to think in-depth on the health of our teeth. By knowing of the dangers facing your teeth as well as ways to prevent these dangers, you not only have an inside track to the mind of the enemies of your teeth but also the confidence and peace of mind that comes with the fact that you have healthier, stronger, and more beautiful teeth.

 

Creates Healthy Habits

Creating healthy habits is essential to ensure that that you live a healthy, happy life. Sticking to these tips will allow you to begin a healthy habit of not only maintaining the quality of your smile, but the strength of your teeth and the health of your gums.

 

Enhances Self-control

The nature of self-control in our world has become of utmost necessity in our current world. Having self-control enables you to stay out of troublesome situations, involving things as small as weight-gain and as big as drug addiction. By doing the small things mentioned in this article, you will be exercising self- control and therefore not only are your teeth getting stronger, but you are as well!

 

Mental Health

Sometimes people tend to develop emotional problems related to their physical problems. A person may not be able to think clearly to function properly with normal, everyday work tasks and college classes. Relationships with family and friends might be strained at best. Focusing on something as small as cleaning up your teeth can help you in unknown ways. It is a great way to express negativity in a healthy manner. By taking care of your teeth, you are also taking care of your diet, which helps improve your health not only physically, but mentally.

 

Conclusion

 

The bottom line when it comes to maintaining teeth is to find the right tools that work specifically for you. Find ways to make it easier and less stressful, and you will excel at keeping your teeth healthy and clean. You’ll be happily surprised at how fast you see a change not only in your teeth, but in yourself as well.

 

Article last time updated on 07.11.2018.

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