You can run, but you can’t hide. The same can be said about disturbingly yellow teeth. Your teeth are covered with a smooth enamel that is naturally white. The enamel wears out over time but certain habits, dietary and otherwise can accelerate it. When that wears out it becomes translucent and reveals the lower layer called ‘dentil’ that is yellow in color.
First of all, you need to give up on too much tea and coffee, sugary drinks and smoking.
Too much tea or coffee – Drinking too much tea or coffee stains the teeth. Not only do they erode the enamel but they also make the teeth stickier which causes food particles to latch on.
Sugary drinks – This one’s a double whammy. It’s a mix of acidity and sugar, both of which are bad for the teeth. If you still want a glass or two once in a while then we suggest you drink quickly instead of sipping on it over a long period of time and rinse your mouth after
Smoking – This is probably the worst cause for tooth decay and discoloration. It damages the teeth beyond repair. Not only does it make them yellow, in some cases it also leaves behind permanent grey marks that can’t be removed.
Brushing right after eating – This might seems harmless and even good but dentists suggest you drop this habit. The acid and sugar produced when we eat weakens the enamel temporarily and brushing it at the time weakens it further. Ideally, wait for half an hour or more or brush before eating and rinse your mouth after the meal.
If you’re seeking more traditional ways of going a shade lighter then we’ve got you some solid advice.
Brushing and flossing- Ensure your brush has soft/medium bristles that don’t damage the gum.
Apple cider vinegar – Give your teeth a nice rub with apple cider vinegar, rinse off thoroughly and repeat for a few days to get that sparkling white smile.
Fruit Peel – Rub your teeth with the inside of a banana peel or orange peel. The peel is rich in magnesium, manganese and potassium which recharges the enamel. Brush your teeth a few minutes later and use the peel at least twice a week.
Eat your way to white teeth – Include a lot of crunchy vegetables like apples, carrots and celery in your diet. They’re sharp and abrasive which means they’ll rub against the surface of your teeth without harming the enamel. Also consume a lot of milk and milk based products as they increase pH levels and re-minelarize the teeth enamel, leaving behind a stunning shine.
Baking soda – Mix very little baking soda with water and pour it over your tooth brush before you start brushing. Or apply it using your finger tips and leave it on for about 1 minute. Baking soda can work wonders for your teeth but be sure to use it sparingly or it can erode the enamel.