If you feel self-conscious about your yellowing teeth, then by doing some simple things you can greatly improve the look of your smile and whiten your teeth. Rather than purchasing expensive dental bleaching kits or visiting a cosmetic dentist, first try these time-tested tips to whiten your smile at home:
Tip: Know What Natural Teeth Should Look Like
When you were younger, your teeth were whiter because they did not have as many surface stains and because their inner dentin had not yet yellowed from age. Now that you are older, there isn't much you can do about the color of the dentin inside of your teeth. For this reason, it is important that you know what your natural teeth should look like and that generally isn't a bright white color. Once you know how your teeth should realistically look, then you can work to remove surface stains.
Tip: Brush with a Baking Soda Paste to Remove Surface Stains
If your teeth have surface stains that are causing their yellowing, then you can easily remove the stains by brushing with a toothpaste that contains baking soda. The baking soda will act as an abrasive and will scrub off the offending stains.
You can purchase a toothpaste that has baking soda added to it, or you can simply mix some baking soda from your baking cabinet with some of your regular toothpaste. Brush once each day with the baking soda toothpaste until your teeth no longer have any visible surface staining.
Tip: Eat Lots of Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables
You can also eat lots of crunchy fruits and vegetables to help keep yellowing stains from forming on your teeth. The crunchy texture will help scrub off staining foods and drinks before they have a chance to adhere to your teeth's enamel. Additionally, eating fruits and vegetables helps to keep your body healthy and strong. It is a proven fact that having a healthy body and brushing your teeth regularly helps to lead to a healthier life
Tip: Seek Professional Help for the Removal of Years of Discoloration
Finally, while you can do many things to remove stains from your teeth yourself at home, sometimes the only way to truly get a white smile is to have a professional whitening treatment from a dentist. Next time you visit your dentist's office for an exam and cleaning appointment, speak to your dentist about your whitening options.