A bright smile and clean teeth make you look more attractive, and are good for your health. I will explain how to get rid of stains on teeth in a cheap and easy way so that you can smile with confidence.
Let us first address the problem. Smoking as well as many foods and drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine all cause staining of the teeth. If you don’t brush your teeth regularly and properly, plaque will also accumulate and give your teeth a yellowish discolouration.
So what can we do? Well the basics are of course to brush your teeth regularly, and avoid the causes of the stains above. However, how to get rid of stains on teeth which are already there?
There are home bleaching kits you can buy varying in price. The trouble with these is that the bleach may not be strong enough, or you could cause damage to your gums by leaving it on for too long. Alternatively your dentist can perform the same treatment in a more concentrated way. This is however quite expensive, and still requires many sessions.
So what can you do yourself?
To whiten teeth at home all you need is:
Baking Soda – Brushing with baking soda helps to remove stains and remove built up plaque on the teeth. Baking soda is an abrasive so you are actually scrubbing the stains off of the surface of your teeth rather than just bleaching them. Baking Soda is also used in teeth whitening toothpastes, but at a much lower concentration.
How to get rid of stains on teeth with Baking Soda:
– Wet your toothbrush and dip the head into the baking soda powder. Make sure that the entire brush head and all bristles are coated with baking soda.
– Brush in a normal manner, spending a little more time on the stained areas, and in between the teeth. Pay special care around the gum line, but don’t brush too hard over the gums.Baking soda doesn’t taste great, but it is easily bearable, and you do get used to it.
– Brush a quarter of your teeth at a time. Upper quarters first, followed by the lower quarters. Ensure that the total brushing time is at least two minutes.
– Rinse your mouth thoroughly afterwards. You may want to follow up by brushing gently with toothpaste to get rid of the taste and any leftover baking soda
Use this method about two or three times each week for the first few weeks. Then reduce this to once a week. It’s a great method to remove the stains from your teeth, however, baking soda is an abrasive so too much use can damage to the teeth and gums. So make sure that you give your gums a rest between treatments.
You should see a noticeable difference in just 2 – 3 weeks. The stains will slowly disappear and your teeth will become whiter.
If you don’t already have one and want to get faster results, a good electric toothbrush really does make a big difference. The head is smaller so it can get in tighter spots, and just the fact that you aren’t doing all the work means you tend to brush for longer.
Below you find the electric toothbrushes