Everybody wants to have a perfect set of white teeth. In America alone more than 11 billion dollars is spent on teeth whitening and 1.4 billion is spent on teeth whitening products that can easily be used at home.

When it comes to teeth whitening, there are tons of products out there on the market for you to choose from.

However, a lot of these so-called teeth whitening products are made up of chemicals that bleach the teeth and this chemical can affect the teeth negatively when used for a long time.

What causes yellowing in teeth?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are several factors that contribute to the yellowing of the teeth. Most of the time, it could be as a result of food stains or the accumulation of plaque.

Sometimes, the teeth could look yellow because its hard enamel has been eroded gradually during the years thus revealing the dentine. The dentine is a yellow tissue that lies under the enamel. So, if the enamel is eroded the yellowish dentine becomes exposed.

Next, we are going to be looking at some natural ways you can whiten your teeth without spending a fortune on expensive teeth whitening products

  1. Use oil

The use of oil is one of the most effective methods you can use to improve your dental health and ultimately remove toxins from your teeth.

Oil pulling is an important and effective method; this is due to the fact that it removes the bacteria that encourage the formation of plaque which in turn leads to yellow coloration of the teeth.

  1. Use baking soda

Research has shown that baking soda has natural whitening constituent and that is why it is one of the basic ingredients in the production of toothpaste.

Even more, baking soda encourages alkalinity. A bacterium that causes yellowing will not be able to survive in an alkaline environment.

A recent study show that toothpaste that contains baking sodas are more effective at teeth whitening. Therefore, the higher the concentration of baking soda in toothpaste, the more effective it will be at whitening the teeth.

At home, you can mix one tablespoon of baking soda with water and use it to brush your teeth twice weekly.

  1. Hydrogen peroxide

Another natural bleaching agent that kills bacteria and whitens the teeth is hydrogen peroxide. Over the years, many have used hydrogen peroxide to clean wound because it has the ability to kill bacteria.

A lot of teeth whitening product on the market contain hydrogen peroxide in high concentration. One study shows that toothpaste that contains baking soda and hydrogen peroxide whitens the teeth faster.

  1. Apple cider vinegar

This has been used over the centuries as a strong disinfectant for cleaning. Acetic acid is the main ingredient in apple vinegar that kills bacteria.

Acetic acid also led to the eroding of the enamel. Because of this, dental care specialist has advised that apple cider vinegar should not be used on a regular basis. And even when it is been used, it should be diluted with water.

Teeth whitening is gaining popularity and is more easily accessible with various products promising visible results with continued use. Of course, we wish that regularly brushing our teeth would be enough to maintain a bright set of pearly whites in between dentists’ appointments but that is not the case. Factors like genetics, our diet, aging, smoking and too much fluoride can necessitate that we have regular appointments with our dentists to have the staining removed for a more confident smile.

Even as you consider the decision to whiten your teeth it is important to make an informed decision with some of the facts about teeth whitening. Here are some of those little details that can make a big difference in shading light into the process of teeth whitening;

Fix what is already broken

Whitening your teeth when you have other problems like crooked teeth or gum diseases will only result in further pain among other problems and increase the amount of money you have to pay as the whitening process won’t have an effect on the damaged teeth.

Prep with teeth cleaning

Dentists recommend you have your teeth cleaned 2 weeks prior to your whitening session because if there is any build around the teeth the bleach won’t be able to penetrate those areas which may cause less satisfactory results.

It’s not permanent

You may be thinking that it is a one-off process but that’s quite the contrary. Teeth always yellowing due to the aging process, foods we consume and habits such as smoking. The results will only last depending on how easily your teeth stain from your lifestyle choices at some point a retouch in necessary.

It only works on real teeth

This, unfortunately, means that if you have fillings or crowns they will remain unchanged after your treatment. A great alternative is to have the visible fillings on your front teeth changed so they aren’t visible when you smile.

It will never be the same

Once you start whitening your teeth, there is always a chance that your teeth with stain worse than they did before you did your first treatment. This rebound effect is of course also dictated by how well you protect your teeth from staining following your session.

The 48-hour diet

Avoid intake of dark food and drink for the first 48 hours. This would include tea, coffee red wine etc. It is an effective way to help maintain the results you have gotten.

Tooth sensitivity

This is a common side effect of your teeth are exposed to the whitening gel but is also quite normal and will disappear 12-36 hours after the whitening. You can take a painkiller for that though.

Keep the gel away from your gums

If you decide to buy a home whitening kit and do this yourself be careful not to expose it to your gums as that will lead to irritation. It goes without saying that the whitening gel should not be ingested as it may cause nausea or vomiting.