Well, we can just start here with why your teeth turn a different color in the first place for starters.
We all enjoy foods of all kinds and sorts; sweets, tacos, spaghetti, pizza, fries, rice, etc. what some of us don’t know is that certain foods like tacos, burritos, spaghetti, pizza, and any oily-ish foods have a habit of staining your teeth from the outer layer, and this is what causes it to turn a bright or dark yellow.
Also, plaque builds up around the teeth, and if you’re not a frequent brusher, this could cause your inner enamel to decay, giving your teeth a very glossy, yellow appearance.
Not very fun to hear and trips to the dentist is expensive, especially if you don’t have insurance, I know. BUT there are some fun and simple ways to whiten your teeth by yourself in your own home! Saving lots of money! Let’s start a few examples now.
1.Oils (if you’re into that)
something called oil pulling is what Indians use to remove toxins and help in oral hygiene, swishing oil in your mouth. Remember how oily foods build plaque around your teeth to look yellow? Well, oil pulling doesn’t do that, AND it does get rid of a lot of bacteria, the same bacteria that turns your teeth yellow. Neat.
Coconut oil or sunflower oil is used for this method, but Coconut oil is much more popular because of the taste, let alone great benefits for your health. It has Lauric acid that reduces inflammation, as well as plaque and gingivitis. This should be done daily.
It’s unsure to this day if Oil pulling even whitens your teeth, but some say it does: I guess it depends on the user. Be sure to eject the oil from your mouth in the toilet or trash, as this can go back into a solid form and clog your drains. Just a heads up.
As we know, baking soda is used for like, EVERYTHING around the house, like cleaning, cooking, and yes, even toothpaste! As a frequent user of it myself, it is recommended if you are just starting out on DIY teeth whitening.
Baking soda has this mild abrasive helping to scrub away the surface stains and has alkaline which keeps bacteria from growing in your mouth. Also recommended that toothpaste with baking soda does help whiten your teeth if used on a daily basis, compared to regular fluoride toothpaste.
For your own, mixing 2 teaspoons of water with one teaspoon of baking soda to make your own toothpaste and brush away a few times daily.
I’ve actually used this one a few times because of the way it kills bacteria more simple and kind of quick to me. Not only does it kill bacteria in the mouth, but also it more commonly known for killing disinfecting wounds.
There hasn’t been any person that’s actually used peroxide by itself to brush their teeth, I’m a little nauseous myself of the thought. Just to be safe, I use a little bit of water.
On the plus side, hydrogen peroxide is used in toothpaste along with baking soda, and this combination alone is enough to give you whiter teeth. There are several versions of peroxide, and it is best to stick with a 3% solution for this method. The higher solutions can start sensitive teeth and irritate the gums. There been small rumors that over usage of high solutions can cause cancer, but not proven. Just some food for thought. :/
4.Apple Cider Vinegar
I know this one is really weird, but it is actually a disinfectant and used for cleaning if not food. It has some acid called Acetic (I think?), which is the main ingredient that kills bacteria. It does whiten your teeth. I’ve actually used baking soda with this and my mouth did feel more refreshed than usual! Because of the acid though, you can only use it for a few seconds, as it does erode your enamel a lot. This would be best to use at least, every other two days.
Flossing, what more to say? It helps rid the plaque buildup between your teeth and getting rid of bacteria, removing two birds with one stone, it is highly recommended to use flossing after brushing your teeth.
Toothpaste with charcoal actually removes toxins and stains from the mouth and teeth. Activated charcoal is mildly abrasive enough to absorb stains to some small degree, so it’s best to use this sparingly like every other week.
I would like to state that not all or every method mentioned may be or may work for some, but feel free to experiment with a few of the examples to see if they work for you; the best review is your own.