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Secrets To Whiter Teeth

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17 December, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Secrets To Whiter Teeth

Although everyone desires white and shiny teeth, there are some who have resigned themselves to the belief that nothing can be done to bring their wish to reality. After all, they've tried every possible means to make it work without achieving a positive result. Well, you might as well change your belief if you're one of them; because, in this article, you will discover some of the natural ways to make your teeth white and shiny.

First of all, you should remember that teeth turn yellow for two reasons, both of which tend to accelerate with age. One is enamel thinning. The outer layer of teeth consists of enamel, which is coloured almost white and protects the deeper tooth structure. Beneath the enamel is a layer of tissue called dentin, which is yellow-brown. When the enamel layer thins or wears away, the teeth begin to look darker. Acidic foods, gum disease, and aging can wear down tooth enamel. Some people also have enamel that is naturally thinner. Another reason is stain of teeth. Specific foods and beverages, such as coffee, can stain the teeth. Some foods that stain the teeth may also wear down enamel, increasing the yellowing. Other sources of stains include smoking and tobacco products and certain types of antibiotics. Your teeth naturally get yellowish as you age, but there are some things you can do to prevent stains on your teeth:

Banana peel: Surprising but efficient, banana peel has been proven to contain lots of magnesium, potassium and other teeth whitening minerals that can make the colour of your teeth look better. However, it is very easy to use the banana peel method. Rub it on your teeth for some minutes after brushing and rinse out of your mouth with warm water.

A mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide: Both the hydrogen peroxide and the baking soda have been known to give results when used singly and have been used as home remedies for whitening the teeth for quite some time now. As a matter of fact, a mixture of the two is bound to give better results. This remedy is used by mixing the hydrogen peroxide with baking soda and forming a sort of paste, which is then used as a toothpaste. However, it is not advisable to make use of this remedy regularly because of the abrasive nature of its components.

Baking soda and lemon combo: The paste is formed by using half a lemon and a teaspoon of baking soda. Apply it in your teeth using a cotton bud and let it stay for a few minutes (not less than one minute and not more than two minutes). Use your regular toothpaste to wash off afterward.

Baking soda and coconut oil: When it comes to home remedies, coconut oil is the king. And this is because it contains a lot of nutrients and minerals. However, when combined with baking soda, they form a teeth whitening paste that can be applied to the teeth for a few minutes before washing off. Apply baking soda and coconut oil paste to teeth for a few minutes and rinse with warm water.

Whitening with fruit: Papain and bromelain, which are enzymes that occur in papayas and pineapples respectively, may both help to whiten teeth. A study found preliminary evidence that solutions containing these ingredients could offer modest whitening effects. However, the authors of the study caution that more research is necessary to determine whether or not these enzymes are effective.

Use of foil and toothpaste: Cut out two rectangles of aluminum foil and rub your toothpaste or any of the above homemade remedies. Use the foil to cover the teeth on your upper jaw and lower jaw and leave it for a few minutes before removing it.

Make dietary changes: Eliminating foods that mark the teeth can prevent further staining. Foods and beverages that contain tannins, such as wine and tea, can stain the teeth. Coffee and dark sodas and juices can also stain them. Acidic foods can make the teeth look yellowish by wearing down the enamel. People who are concerned about the colour of their teeth should avoid the excessive consumption of citrus, coffee, and soda. Alternatively, they should always brush their teeth after having them. Dentists generally recommend waiting for 30 minutes after eating before brushing the teeth. Acids can weaken the enamel, so brushing too soon can cause damage. Quitting smoking or tobacco products can reduce the risk of nicotine stains. It can also prevent tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can damage the enamel and cause oral health issues.

In conclusion, when making use of the homemade remedies, remember to apply them consistently, because that is the only way you can get your desired result.