As time goes by your teeth may start to become yellow for various reasons, including age, genetics, poor dental hygiene, or even by eating and drinking things that could stain them. While there are several teeth whitening products and professional treatments that could help, before you spend money on them you may want to try some of the more interesting home remedies for yellow teeth.
Out of the many home remedies that are out there, these five in particular deserve special mention:
- Baking soda with toothpaste
One of the more popular home remedies involves taking about a quarter teaspoon of baking soda and mixing it with toothpaste then brushing your teeth. While its effectiveness at whitening teeth is debatable, it can help to remove plaque more effectively and is worth trying out.
- Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda
Unlike other home remedies, hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent and is often used in actual teeth whitening products. To use it, mix hydrogen peroxide with a bit of baking soda and brush your teeth. While this method is effective, you should be careful that you keep the concentration of hydrogen peroxide low (below 3%) or it could irritate your gums and mouth.
- Orange or lemon peel scrubs
Rubbing the peel from oranges or lemons onto your teeth as a scrub is purported to be able to help reduce yellow tinges that have accumulated there due to the content of vitamin C and calcium. The effectiveness of this home remedy can vary, but it does help to clean some plaque from the surface of your teeth at very least – which can be good.
- Strawberries and baking soda
Recently many people have started to use strawberries that are blended into a paste and then applied to yellow teeth. In some cases a quarter teaspoon of baking soda is added into the mix, and after it is applied to the teeth it is left for a minute or two before being rinsed off. Although there are numerous reports of this remedy being effective, no tangible studies have proven it as yet.
For years salt has been used as a cleansing agent, and there are several home remedies that use it by combining it with toothpaste or baking soda and using it to brush off stains from your teeth. Despite the fact that it can be effective, care should be taken as using salt and brushing too vigorously could damage the enamel of your teeth or the gums that surround it.
The one thing that you may have noticed is that although home remedies have been used for some time, their effectiveness isn’t guaranteed and results may vary. In most cases it is harmless to try them out however, and see if they help reduce the stains on your teeth. Of course if you’re looking to effectively whiten your teeth you should visit a dentist in Stonehouse who can offer more comprehensive teeth whitening treatments that are bound to have much better results.