Having bright teeth comes with several benefits, including an enhanced smile and improved confidence. Some people believe that persons with pearly white teeth are smarter than the rest. With bright teeth being that highly regarded, maybe trying Teeth Whitening in Brampton, ON is a perfect idea. After all, you have nothing to lose.
In-office whitening is always the best option. It takes only a few minutes and the result is always spectacular. However, there are some natural Teeth Whitening techniques you can try at home. Before we discuss these approaches, let’s first understand why teeth turn yellow.
One major reason why our teeth turn yellow as we age is enamel thinning. Our teeth consist of the enamel and dentin. The outermost part is the enamel and it is white. The dentin is beneath is enamel and it is yellow. When the enamel thins due to ageing the dentin is exposed, exposing the yellow colour.
Some foods we take such as coffee and soda leave stains on the teeth. Additionally, acidic foods accelerate the thinning of the enamel. Smoking and some medications also contribute to the yellowing of the teeth.
Now let us look at the common natural Teeth Whitening techniques.
Oil pulling is simply washing your mouth with certain oils to kill bacteria and remove debris. The practice should not be a substitute for regular brushing and flossing. Instead, it should be a supplement. Rinse your mouth with oil after brushing for a minute or so and spit it out. Oils recommended for this practice include coconut, sesame, and sunflower.
However, it is worth noting that the ADA does not consider oil pulling as an effective method of Teeth Whitening, stating that there is no enough scientific evidence to support the practice.
Eliminating staining foods and drinks can help prevent further staining. These drinks include dark sodas, juices, tea, coffee, and wine. Acidic drinks and foods also contribute to the yellowing of teeth by wearing down the enamel, so you should try to avoid them as much as possible. Some of these drinks that you might want to avoid include citrus, soda, and coffee.
If you have to take to them, clean your teeth a few minutes after you are done. We recommend brushing your teeth thirty minutes after taking the acidic drinks or foods.
Finally, quit smoking and taking tobacco products. Tobacco contains nicotine which stains easy and is tough to remove.
The use of baking soda is a safe way of removing tough stains on the surface of your teeth. It also contains elements that help fight bacteria, which implies that it may help reduce plaque. If the plaque is reduced, the risk for tooth decay is reduced.
Hydrogen peroxide is very effective but you should be careful with it. For the best results, brush your teeth with a mix of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda for two minutes or so. Please note that hydrogen peroxide may increase your teeth’ sensitivity and you should avoid it if you already have sensitive teeth.
Practicing proper oral hygiene is probably the best thing you can do to reduce stains and yellowing of teeth. Brush your teeth after every meal, or at least twice a day (in the morning and at night when you sleep). Floss daily and use a mouthwash to rinse your mouth.
Make sure to use fluoride toothpaste and change your toothbrush every three months. If possible, use an electric toothbrush. Finally, visit the dentist every six months for professional cleanings and exams.
Some studies have shown that some fruits have elements that can help with teeth whitening. For example, papaya contains bromelain and papain, which may help whiten teeth. These enzymes are also contained in pineapples. However, more research is still needed to determine to what extent are these enzymes effective.
There are some gels that can brighten your teeth faster. Look for ADA-approved whitening gels and strips in your local drug store. Make sure to buy products of high quality to reduce the risk of damaging your enamel. Ensure to use the products as instructed.
All in all, it is best to consult your dentist before trying these at-home whitening techniques.
Book an appointment with us if you require teeth whitening services in Brampton, ON. We can help you with in-office whitening or guide on how to use at-home teeth whitening kits such as Hismile©.