Teeth are a very important part of a speech,so it is inevitable that then people we relate with see our teeth. This means that having discoloured teeth can really affect a person’s self-esteem. But not to worry, there are safe ways of whitening teeth.
Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth with removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change, but it may lighten the existing shade
As we get older our teeth get darker. This is partly due to our getting older, but it is also caused by the foods we eat and drink, and by other habits such as smoking.
Tea, coffee, blackcurrant juice, red wine and other foods that have strong colours can have an effect on the overall colour of our teeth.
Teeth may also darken as a result of some antibiotics.Some people naturally have a more grey shade of teeth.Other people have white spots on their teeth.This can be caused by early tooth decay, or illness when the tooth was forming.
There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened. Everyone is different; and just as our hair and skin colour vary, so do our teeth. Very few people have brilliant-white teeth.
‘Calculus’ or tartar can also affect the colour of your teeth. Some people may have staining under the enamel surface or tiny cracks can appear in the teeth which take up stains.
Professional bleaching is the most usual method of tooth whitening. We will assess you first to see whether tooth whitening is suitable for you and tell you about the options you have for tooth whitening and which will be the most suitable for you.
The most common type of whitening is called ‘dentist-supervised home whitening’. You will have trays made specially to fit into your mouth like gum-shields. The whitening gel is then put in the trays and you will be given a routine to follow at home.
Another option is called ‘chair-side whitening’. You will be told if you are suitable for the treatment, and we will supervise it. First, a rubber shield or a gel is applied on your gums to protect them, then apply the whitening product to your teeth.
The ‘active ingredient’ in the whitening product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel and dentine of the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.
Many people find that their teeth and gums feel cleaner after they have been whitened. The whitening treatment was first used as a treatment to help heal gums, so this is an added benefit.
You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food and drink you have that can stain your teeth. Don’t forget, stopping smoking can also help prevent discolouration and staining.
We recommend the following tips to care for your teeth:
– Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
– Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
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10 home remedies for whiter teeth
Updated On:23rd April 2013
The society that we live in today is obsessed with appearance and so people have become more focused on how other people see them.
Well, when it comes to teeth…some people have stained or yellow teeth that come about from smoking or taking too much coffee and other beverages that do not do justice to their natural white teeth. Now, your smile and teeth say a lot about a person,…who you are and your health status. It is important to have a set of clean white teeth. So here are a few natural tips to keep your teeth shining white making your smile a million dollar one.
1.The most common and natural way to teeth maintenance is brushing your teeth regularly especially after eating or drinking. We all know this yet 90% of us cast a blind eye to this helpful fact. Brushing your teeth after eating takes away food particles and other bad acidic remnants that are not good for the teeth.
2.Eat more strawberries. Now to me, this sounds like a really good tip since strawberries are pretty sweet and here is the thing… they also help give your teeth a cleaner, polished look.
Strawberries contain an enzyme called malic acid that works the magic on your teeth. Mix the strawberries with baking powder and apply on your teeth. Give it a few months and note the big difference.
Yes… Charcoal works wonders and in countries like India it is still broadly used to clean teeth. The activated carbon in charcoal is known to absorb impurities from water. It is also known as a cleansing agent if one has cracks on the tooth surface.
4. Lemon juice.
Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice with a pinch of salt or a little baking soda. Rub this mixture on your teeth. You can also eat lemons by themselves if you can tolerate it. Too much lemon juice on the teeth can cause sensitivity because of its acidic properties so remember to moderate the use.
5.Apple Cider Vinegar is the next solution on my list, it’s a very effective way to clean your teeth and most people comment that after Apple Cider has worked its magic one looks like he or she had their teeth professionally cleaned. However, it is acidic and may weaken the enamel so avoid too much use of it.
6.A Carrot a day will take you a long way. Yes, some of you may argue that carrots are best known for eye development but carrots also keep away discolored teeth. The fibrous nature of the carrot will help to clean the tooth surface and prevent plaque accumulation. A very good advantage of carrots is that unlike citrus fruits or vinegar it does not have any acidic properties and therefore you can eat as much as you want and note the difference after a considerable amount of time.
7.Adding more fibrous foods to your diet is very important. Do away with all the sugary foods and beverages like coffee and avoiding smoking too. The fibers in the diet act as natural brushes which clean the surface of the tooth with abrasive surfaces and prevent any accumulation of food or plaque.
8.In addition to this, we have dark chocolate. Yes! Chocolate lovers am sure are very keen on this. Well as much as we have repeatedly been told to stay away from sweet things, dark chocolate is actually beneficial. So this is how it works; keeping your tooth enamel strong can help prevent staining and might also encourage whitening as well.
Dark chocolate contains a compound that helps strengthen your tooth enamel so that high-staining foods are not as effective at discoloration. This substance, called theobromine, hardens the surface of your teeth, which helps keep them whiter.
9.Eating dairy products like yoghurt,milk and cheese. They are known to prevent tooth decay which usually leads to discoloration of the teeth. Furthermore, hard cheese like cheddar is known to whiten the teeth and remove food particles.
10.Sugarless gum is also known to make the teeth whiter especially that made with Xylitol. Research indicates that it reduces the amount of bacteria in the mouth. It also helps to buffer the teeth against the effect of acid. Most sugarless gums and sugarless candies increase the flow of saliva, which helps to protect your teeth against bacteria.