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Teeth Whitening Tips for Stained or Yellow Teeth

  • Published: 2010-07-31 (Revised/Updated 2014-03-14) : Jon Rhodes.
  • Synopsis: Home teeth whitening tips and hints to clean yellow or stained teeth and gain a sparkling set of white teeth.

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Quote: "If brushing your teeth after every meal is impractical, which it is sure to be at times, then try chewing gum."

Having a sparkling set of teeth can definitely be of advantage to all of us. Healthy white teeth make us look more attractive, healthier, and younger. Most people in the public eye know this, which is why they invest heavily in teeth whitening.

Most people are not aware that teeth are never naturally completely white. They are usually a light yellow that tend to darken with age. This is because the surface enamel cracks and erodes, which exposes the dentine. The dentine is more porous and absorbs more food colors and pigmentation. The stains can then grip onto the plaque, causing a build-up of tartar.

The internet is packed with 'advice' about how to have whiter teeth. Much of this advice is to be avoided, or at least given careful consideration, as many of them can cause damage to the teeth in the long term. Here's a quick run through some of the most common pieces of 'advice'... One of the most common forms of advice is to rinse the mouth with hydrogen peroxide every day. Please do not do this. Whilst you may see some positive results, Hydrogen peroxide has been found to cause tissue hyperplasia's, which are precancerous tissue changes, if used for more than 5 days.

Lemon juice is a natural bleach and whitener, and a very good general purpose stain-remover. However it should never be used on teeth as the high Vitamin C content will strip the teeth of calcium and damage it faster than anything else. In fact avoid using any acids, even it is from relatively harmless ingredients such as strawberry's or other fruit. You do not know what quantity of acid you are applying, so it is difficult to calculate a safe level of usage. If you must use these methods, then rinse the mouth thoroughly with water, then brush with a fluoride toothpaste about 20 minutes later, when the enamel has hardened.

Brushing with salt and baking soda is also commonly recommended. You may indeed see some whitening results, but the prolonged 'scrubbing' of your teeth will eventually wear down the enamel, causing far greater problems than simple staining. If you do decide to go down this route, then limit its use to about once every two weeks.

There are some effective and far safer methods to get those white teeth you dream of. Here's a run down of some top tips...

This is important as saliva has the ability to neutralize acid and re-mineral the enamel, strengthening the teeth. Less damage to our enamel means fewer discolorations. Gum that contains Sorbitol has a therapeutic anti-bacterial action which helps kill decay-causing bacteria. However even gum with sugar is beneficial as the sugar quickly dissolves making it effectively into a sugar-free gum after a few minutes.

There are many ways to help you get a brighter whiter smile. Use your head and make sure you are not actually doing more harm than good. Look after your teeth in the traditional sense, with regular brushing and avoiding sweet, acidic foods, and staining foods. If you have more serious stains, then visit a dentist, or buy products from a reputable dealer. Be very careful when using the common household remedies, such as hydrogen peroxide, acids, baking soda and salt. They could cause you more harm than good in the long term.

In the wrong hands, teeth whitening products and tips can cause more harm than good. Don't let that happen to you.

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