Natural Home Remedies for Tooth Stains
Discoloration of our teeth occurs primarily because of what we subject them to daily: tea, coffee, soft drinks, changing temperatures, blueberries, cherries and other food dyes and acids, smoke/nicotine and alcohol. Medicines and illness also take their toll on our teeth.
Remember that natural teeth are rarely bright white. Enamel is naturally a whitish color with tints of blue or red. The dentine below the enamel is naturally yellow, so depending on the entire color makeup of your teeth, your teeth will naturally be light grey or yellow. Teeth that are a natural yellow color may even be more resistant to decay.
The current fashion of whitening teeth is simply a cosmetic one, like wearing lipstick or eye makeup. It may be attractive to us, but it isn’t natural.
Since the foods we eat and some of the bad habits we have (like smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking alcohol or eating sugary foods, along with improper care) can make our teeth look even less attractive, we look for ways to mitigate some of that damage.
FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE CLEANER TEETH
Some foods are better for your teeth than others, so if you can, finish your meal with foods from this list rather than from the next list. Crunchy foods can help to combat plaque.
- Strawberries (which contain a natural whitener—malic acid)
FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE
Brightly-colored food contains valuable vitamins and minerals that our bodies need for optimal health so we don’t want to be eating a preponderance of white foods like bread and grains. Still, if your teeth stain easily, you might want to know which foods are the most likely to stain:
- Alcohol – https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/5-myths-about-alcohol-consumption-and-your-oral-health.html
- Balsamic vinegar
- Berries (except strawberries)
- Food coloring in foods
- Fruit juices
- Heavy minerals in drinking water
- Red wine
- Tea (even herbal teas can damage enamel over time)
- Tobacco products (big time)
- Tomatoes (red AND acidic)
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Avoid abrasive toothpastes or powders, like many tooth-whitening products.
- Avoid products with hydrogen peroxide, which can damage enamel.
- Baking soda can help whiten teeth but it is mildly abrasive so be gentle when using it and don’t use it frequently.
- Brush after every meal in order to eliminate acids and staining materials from your mouth.
- Go easy on teeth whitening as most products will weaken your enamel over time, causing increased staining of the dentin underneath the enamel.
- Go for soft brushes and non-abrasive toothpaste so that you are not scrubbing enamel off your teeth and damaging your gums. Over-brushing gums with hard bristles will cause gum recession.
- Oil pulling
- Rub banana peel on your teeth for a couple of minutes and then brush as usual.
- Swish water around your mouth after every few bites of high-staining foods and especially after the meal.
- Use a lipstick with blue undertones – https://www.bustle.com/articles/114573-7-lipsticks-that-will-make-your-teeth-look-whiter-brighter-and-more-fabulous
- Use a plaque-disclosing product to show where you are failing to do a good job of cleaning (and then you can do a better job).
- Use an electric toothbrush, which has been shown to do a great job of removing plaque.
- Ayurveda – https://www.amazon.com/K-P-Namboodiris-Ayurvedic-Tooth-Powder-80g/dp/B00512PWPA/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=ayurvedic+toothpaste+tooth+powder&qid=1566684949&s=gateway&sr=8-4
- Chinese Medicine – https://www.amazon.com/GoodKE-Medicine-Bleaching-Equipment-Whitening/dp/B07N37V46N
- Homeopathy – https://stylesatlife.com/articles/homeopathic-toothpastes/