There’s nothing like covering your mouth in horror after a kid comes right out and says, “Your teeth are yellow!” At your next dental visit, you i
I’m going to help you whiten your teeth, at a price you can afford, but first we should discuss both external and internal yellowing.
Safe Ways to Remove External Stain
- After enamel staining foods or beverages, swish with water. If you’re not certain what foods and beverages stain, think of whatever can actually stain or dye fabric, like tea or wine, and beats or blueberries. Better yet, if you’re drinking something like iced tea, always use a straw.
- Use battery brushes with oscillating and rotating heads. The battery brush can both prevent stain when used twice a day and can remove
lightstain. I recommend Oral-B CrossAction power brush because it can prevent stain and at the same time remove stain at a reasonable price. Avoid brushing immediately after the stain culprit, as you can merely brush for example the purple from blueberries into the enamel along with its acidity. This is where swishing with water comes in.
- Bentonite clay is a natural tooth polish by absorbing stain, not by abrading stain. You can make your own paste by adding a little water to the powder or you can purchase Redmond Earthpaste.
- Activated charcoal is a great way to absorb
stain. If you can’t find bulk charcoal powder, I open up tablets and pour the charcoal out of the capsules. You can then add some water and smear it on your teeth allowing it to penetrate the stain for at least 5 minutes. Better yet, if you have bleaching trays, or I use my night guard, you can smear the paste into the front portion of the trays, and wear it for ten minutes or so. You may also want to try a charcoal toothpaste I love because it also has Coconut oil, Cali White.
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Prevent Internal Yellowing of Teeth
Intrinsic yellowing comes from within the tooth when the actual shade has darkened after all surface stain is removed. The only way to change tooth color is to bleach. However, y
- Hydration is crucial to anti-aging for your whole body, and especially for teeth, Dehydration will yellow teeth, so drink lots of water.
- Nose breathing is crucial to a moist mouth and a moist mouth will prevent your teeth from yellowing. I have a
patient whereher teeth are two different colors. The top edges of her teeth are yellow and the portion closest to the gums are nice and white. The way she sleeps at night her mouth breathing attaches her lips to half of her teeth which provides enough moisture while the other half is exposed to dry air. Needless to say, when she smiles, her teeth are striped.
- Foods and drinks can actually absorb into the enamel, eventually discoloring the shade of your teeth, so again, swish with water after eating or drinking staining foods.
- Avoid thinning your enamel with abrasive
abfractionsand recession due to bruxism (clenching or grinding) which can yellow the gum line portion of your teeth. See my blog, When your Dentist Recommends a Night Guard.
*Note: Your teeth can be discolored if it’s been a long time since you’ve had
After you’re certain you’ve done all you can to remove surface stain and your teeth are still yellow you can try bleaching your teeth. It’s very important though, some time along the line, you’ve been told by your dentist you’re a candidate for teeth whitening as there are some conditions which are not reversible by bleaching. Even though commercial tooth whitening pastes may contain some peroxide, there’s not enough to effect the true shade of the teeth.
The good news is, you can now purchase professional strength bleaching syringes and trays online, for a crazy low price. Dental offices have been offering Opalescence for years and it’s what I personally use.Click on image to purchase teeth whitening
The big sell by your dentist could be the customized trays, which are cut below the gum. It’s important to avoid the bleach on your gums as much as possible, but you don’t need custom trays
Remember, the shorter duration of bleaching the better, and the highest strength peroxide can achieve this. I use 35%, however, if you have never bleached before I would try 20% peroxide to begin with and see if you’re sensitive. You can increase the percentage to 35% when you’re ready, but if you become sensitive, back
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