Discolored, stained teeth are often a source self consciousness for many people. There are those that have guarded smiles because they are afraid of what others may think of their teeth. Some are simply unaware of their options when it comes to making their smile a little bit brighter.
There are 2 types of stains that afflict the teeth. ” Extrinsic”, which refers to any of the staining we are all familiar with like coffee, tea, tobacco, soda etc.. These are the same things that will stain clothing as well. They come from external sources. Then, there are the “intrinsic” type of stains. This is discoloration that occurs beneath the enamel of the teeth, on the inside. When working to eliminate extrinsic stains there are a lot of simple options out there to help achieve the desired result. Here are 5 of them:
Along with your daily brushing, keep a box of baking soda near and after applying your toothpaste to your brush, dip the brush into some baking soda and use this combination to brush. It’s not the most pleasant taste, but my daughter swears by this method. She tends to have a natural yellow tinge to her teeth and this gives her the desired result she’s looking for.
Baking Soda and Peroxide Paste
Create a thick paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide combined. Using this as a daily paste, can be a very effective and inexpensive way to bring on a whiter smile. Be aware of any burning sensations that may occur from the peroxide when using this combination. In the event that this occurs, you could try diluting your formula with water, or discontinue use.
There are those fruits that contain a substance called Malic Acid. This component of fruit has been known to bring on a whiter smile. There are some different fruit options you can choose from to combine with baking soda to make your paste. Malic acid is present in apples, pears, and strawberries. To make the paste, mash your fruit until it has broken down in to a pulp type of consistency. Next, add baking soda to the fruit pulp little by little until it reaches a thicker paste. Enjoy your favorite fruit while you brush!
Consider doing this as a preventative measure once you’ve rid yourself of tooth stains. This option probably seems more pleasant while drinking soda rather than coffee , but it can really cut back on the stains occurring from all the drinks that cause tooth staining. They’re cheap and easy to take with you anywhere you go as well.
If none of the previous options give you the results you’re looking for, consider some over the counter whitening strips to do the job. These are very effective and are on sale quite frequently.
With whiter teeth you’ll have much more to smile about!