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Oral Health: How to Whiten your Teeth and Ways to Keep your Teeth Healthy

Teeth whitening

It's no secret that having yellow teeth can be a major confidence killer. If you're looking for ways to get rid of yellow teeth and achieve a brighter, whiter smile, you're in luck. We are going to classify our teeth whitening strategies into home remedies, using charcoal toothpaste and other methods.

Home remedies that can help remove yellow stains and whiten your teeth.

1. Brushing with Whitening Toothpaste

One of the easiest ways to whiten your teeth is brushing your teeth more frequently with whitening toothpaste. These toothpastes contain hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide, which can help whiten the color of the teeth. 

2. Baking soda

One of the simplest and most effective home remedies for yellow teeth is baking soda. Baking soda is a natural whitening agent that can be used to remove stubborn stains. Simply wet your toothbrush, dip it in baking soda, and brush your teeth as usual. Rinse well afterwards. 

3. Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful bleaching agent that can effectively remove stains. Simply mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water and use it to brush your teeth.

4. Apple cider vinegar

If you're looking for a more natural approach, you might want to try apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is a natural acid that can help to break down stains. Mix apple cider vinegar and water and use it to brush your teeth. 

5. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is another excellent home remedy for getting rid of yellow teeth. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which can help remove surface stains on your teeth. To use coconut oil to whiten your teeth, simply apply coconut oil to your teeth with a cotton ball and leave it on for several minutes before rinsing. 

6. Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal is a very effective treatment for yellow teeth. Charcoal is a natural absorbent that can help absorb stains and discoloration. It can also kill bacteria and toxins in your mouth. To use charcoal, wet a cotton ball with the charcoal and apply it to your teeth. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing away. You can do this once or twice a week to see results. I will talk about this deeply in a moment.

7. Whitening strips

Whitening strips are a very convenient option for teeth whitening. They contain a layer of peroxide gel that is applied directly to the teeth. They are applied for a short time and then removed. Keep in mind that whatever methods you choose, it may take a while to see results.

Using Charcoal Toothpaste in Whitening your Teeth 

Charcoal toothpaste is one option that many people consider when trying to whiten their teeth. This type of toothpaste is made from activated charcoal, which is a powder made from wood and heated under extreme temperatures.

The question here is, does charcoal toothpaste really work? And are there any potential side effects? We'll take a look at the pros and cons of using charcoal toothpaste for teeth whitening. 

Advantage of using charcoal toothpaste to whiten your teeth

So what are the pros of using charcoal toothpaste for teeth whitening? Activated charcoal is a natural way to remove stains on the teeth surface as we explained earlier. It works by absorbing the stained molecules on your teeth, which makes them easier to remove. 

Charcoal also improves bad breath, a charcoal toothpaste is also very easy to find, and usually more affordable than other teeth whitening options, such as professional teeth whitening treatments.

Disadvantages of using charcoal toothpaste 

First of all, to whiten your teeth, you need a product that works on the surface stains as well as inner stains under the teeth enamel. There is scientific evidence that suggests that charcoal works on the surface stains only, so it may not be as effective as other options such as teeth whitening strips or gels. 

Charcoal toothpaste may be too abrasive, if you use too much charcoal toothpaste or brush too hard so it can wear down the enamel on your teeth. This can lead to sensitivity and other problems. Also, charcoal toothpaste may cause tooth staining if you don't brush properly after using it. 

Finally, charcoal toothpaste may cause gastrointestinal upset if you swallow it and can cause symptoms like nausea and vomiting. 

How to use charcoal toothpaste for teeth whitening safely?

If you decide to use charcoal toothpaste for teeth whitening, there are a few things you can do to increase its effectiveness and avoid potential side effects. 

First, use a pea-sized amount of the toothpaste. This will help reduce the risk of tooth staining and wear. Also, avoid swallowing the toothpaste to avoid gastrointestinal upset. Always spit it out after brushing and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after brushing with charcoal toothpaste. This will help remove any toothpaste residue and reduce the risk of staining. During brushing, you need to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and don't brush too hard. 

Don't use a charcoal toothpaste more than once or twice a week. This will help reduce the risk of tooth damage and staining. 

Other ways to whiten your teeth. 

If you're looking for other ways to whiten your teeth, there are a few options to consider, including whitening strips or gels, which are easy to use and generally considered safe. 

They can be found at most drugstores. You can also do tooth bleaching, which is usually done by a dentist. 

Finally, you can go for professional teeth whitening, which is a more expensive option, but it may be more effective than other methods. At the end, if you're considering using charcoal toothpaste for teeth whitening, it's always better to talk to your dentist first. They can help you determine if it's a safe and effective option for you. 

Ways to Keep your Teeth Healthy 

1. Brushing

Most dentists recommend you brush at least twice a day, but brushing after every meal is even better. Whether electric or manual, select a toothbrush that allows you to easily clean all surfaces. 

Dentists also encourage replacing toothbrushes every three to four months. 

2. Picking the right toothbrush

Make sure your toothbrush fits your mouth. Using a fit toothbrush makes it easier to achieve clean teeth. Some people find that electric toothbrushes make it easier to spend the dentist-recommended two minutes on teeth cleaning. 

3. Picking the right toothpaste

Pick a toothpaste that can help shield your mouth from tooth sensitivity and help fight cavities, tartar, plaque, gingivitis, stains, and bad breath. 

4. Proper brushing technique

Hold your toothbrush at approximately a 45 degree angle to the teeth you are brushing. Go all the way behind your last tooth on each side. Use small, tooth-sized strokes to brush the surface of each tooth rather than large sweeping strokes. 

Make sure to clean all three sides, front, back, and top of the chewing surface. 

5. Flossing

Flossing is as important as brushing your teeth. Flossing improves the health of the teeth by removing food particles stuck amid the teeth and reduces the daily buildup of plaque and bacteria on the teeth. If you have trouble sliding floss between your teeth, try wax floss or wide floss.

Take up to 18 inches of floss so you have a clean piece of floss to use on each tooth in the cleaning teeth process. The floss is then curved into a C-shape as you slide it up and down along the side of each tooth. 

Make sure to floss every side front and back of both the left and right of the upper and lower teeth. 

6. Rinsing

Mouthwash will boost your teeth cleaning routine with additional germ killing and plaque preventing properties. It leaves your mouth germ-free and clean. There are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic types of mouthwash available in the market. You can choose according to your preference. 

7. Don't forget the tongue

People often forget to clean the tongue after toothbrush. Tongue scraping is equally vital for maintaining the health of your teeth. Neglecting the tongue can lead to oral diseases. Gently brush the tongue once you are done with the teeth.

8. Drink more water

We know that water is the best beverage for overall health and the same goes for oral health. Thoroughly wash your mouth with a sip after eating. This helps get rid of any sticky and acidic residue. 

9. Avoid sugary foods and drinks

Plaque is made by the combination of molecules of sugar with saliva and bacteria that could be present in your mouth. Plaque breaks down the enamel of your teeth which causes cavities. These cavities can be sometimes painful. 

Make sure to avoid food and drinks with high sugar content especially at night for healthy teeth. 

10. Brush twice a day

There are plenty of reasons to brush your teeth twice a day. It prevents bad breath, gets rid of damaging causing bacteria and plaque, removes stains and much more. 

Closing thought

Follow the routine of brushing your tongue, flossing the teeth and mouthwash for healthy and clean teeth. Visit your dentist twice a year.

Your everyday habits are crucial to your overall oral health. At a minimum, one must visit their dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups. Not only can a dentist remove calculus and look for cavities, but they will also be able to spot potential issues and offer treatment solutions.


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