Smiling is an important part of every person’s life. People who feel too self-conscious about the colour of their teeth to smile can take a number of steps to remove stains. Here’s a helpful guide to understanding why your teeth might not be as white as you’d like them to be and tips on how to make your teeth more white.
Why aren’t all teeth white?
As you age, the enamel of your teeth will naturally start to thin, exposing the yellow dentin underneath. It also makes your teeth more susceptible to surface staining.
There are many ways your teeth can be stained, including smoking tobacco products as well as consuming red wine, coffee, or tea in excess.
How to make your teeth white naturally?
There are different ways to improve the colour of your teeth. Some of these are available at your local chemist or supermarket.
How to keep your teeth healthy and white with foods?
These foods have specific benefits that can help to whiten your teeth.
- Strawberries: Strawberries contain a chemical compound called malic acid, which can act as a natural astringent and help to remove surface tooth discolouration.
- Apples: Your gums are strengthened when you bite into a crunchy apple, and the high water content in apples also increases saliva production. This saliva production can wash away bacteria that could cause discolouration on the teeth.
- Seeds and nuts: The abrasive texture of healthy snacks like walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, and almonds works to remove surface stains on teeth.
- Onions: The sulphur compounds that are found in onions can prevent plaque from forming on your teeth. However, these plaque-fighting powers only work when eating the onions raw.
- Baking soda: Cleaning your teeth with baking soda regularly enables it to act as a bleaching agent, gently scrubbing off plaque and surface stains that make teeth appear less white.
- Broccoli: Foods like broccoli that are high in fibre can sometimes scrub off discolouration and plaque at teeth while being chewed.
- Celery and carrots: Like apples, the high water content and crunchy nature of these veggies can increase saliva production and strengthen gums when eaten raw.
- Cheese: Cheese contains high levels of calcium, which can strengthen gums and teeth. Additionally, the milk protein casein, which is found in cheese, can reduce the loss of minerals from tooth enamel.
- Oranges: Eating citrus fruits means the acids from their juices can neutralise the acids in your mouth that can cause tooth decay.
- Water: Drinking water can be very helpful after consuming stain-inducing substances like red wine and coffee. However, sparkling water in excess can harm the enamel of teeth due to the carbonation, so make sure you’re enjoying still water as well. Water also washes away food debris and promotes saliva stimulation.
How to make your teeth white with whitening products?
There are many products available over-the-counter that will use specific chemicals to assist in the tooth whitening process.
- Stain-removing toothpaste: The mild abrasives and polishing agents contained in this toothpaste work without bleach to remove superficial stains while scrubbing the teeth. The only downside of this product is that it requires a decent amount of time to take effect, and even then will only remove the most superficial of stains at the surface level. It’s not recommended for sensitive teeth.
- Whitening gel pens: These pens are an excellent option for people who are looking to whiten their teeth on the go, without a lot of stress or hassle. Just remember not to eat or drink anything for a specified period after application. Also, make sure you get the product over the entire surface of each tooth.
- Whitening strips: The strips in these kits come with a similar gel applied to them that is used in whitening pens, but can be applied to more teeth for a longer period. These strips can take time to work, but they are relatively effective.
How to make your teeth healthy and white at the dentist?
If you’re looking for a more effective, thorough, and safe whitening process, your dentist can help! At Scott Street Dental, we use effective treatments and a higher concentration of whitening gel in a safe and sterile environment to minimise the risk of adverse side effects and to make your teeth whiter.
We offer in-office teeth whitening appointments or take-home kits. Talk to your dentist to determine which form of whitening will best fit your needs and lifestyle.