Stained, discolored teeth can worsen with age. To brighten your smile and help rid grey and yellow stains on a tooth’s surface, perhaps you’ve turned to whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes, over-the-counter whitening kits and do-it-yourself strips. But did you know that you can help improve stains with food and drink that naturally whitens teeth?
1). Brush or Rinse with Water: Brushing after eating or drinking is the simplest way to prevent the accumulation of stains, but sometimes circumstance can prevent you from doing so. A quick solution is to rinse or brush with water, especially after eating items such as dark berries or drinking beverages like coffee or red wine.
2). Baking Soda: Slightly gritty baking soda naturally whitens teeth. Some toothpastes even have it right in the formula, but they’re not as concentrated. When your smile starts to lose its sparkle, brush your teeth with baking soda straight from the box or sprinkle a little right on top of your toothpaste.
3). Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar naturally whitens teeth when used consistently after several weeks. First, brush with apple cider vinegar. Then brush regularly and rinse well to protect enamel from the vinegar’s natural acids.
4). Citrus Fruit Peels: Lemon and or orange peels also contain natural acids to help lift stubborn coffee and nicotine stains. Rub the peels gently on stained teeth, and then brush and rinse very well after — too much of a good thing can damage enamel. Citrus fruit also helps promote fresher breath!
These natural stain removers also help increase saliva production. Saliva serves as the mouth’s self-cleaning agent and will help restore the sparkle in your smile.
As always, an ounce of prevention also goes a long way. To preserve your bright smile, try to use a straw when you drink coffee or red wine, avoid tobacco products, and be sure to brush twice per day and floss daily. Regular cleanings will also keep your smile bright! With Key Discount Dental Plan, it’s more affordable to keep regular appointments. For more info, contact one of our knowledgeable customer care representatives at (800) 539-4550 or join online now. This is not insurance.