Want Brighter, Whiter Teeth?
Do your teeth turn gray or yellow, making it difficult for you to laugh openly? With age, certain foods and beverages can stain teeth. Avoiding things and applying special protective agents on the teeth may begin to restore the whiteness of the teeth and your smile too. The following slides provide some suggestions that may help you to restore your sparkling smile.
Do-It-Yourself Teeth Whitening
It is usually possible to remove or reduce tooth stains on the surface by using products such as toothpaste with whitening agents, whitening strips, and other kits. Generally, the main ingredients of stain removers are mild bleaching agents and abrasives in toothpaste.
Most home whitening kits contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. These chemicals may help in removing the surface and deeper discoloration. Depending on the kit, you can use a toothbrush to scrub these compounds, or you can put the gel-like compounds in the upper and lower dental molds, place them on the teeth, and then leave them in the mouth for about 45 minutes, although the time may vary.
Home Whitening Strips
Whitening strips usually contain about 5% hydrogen peroxide impregnated polyethylene strips, which can be applied to teeth at home. They are usually worn for a few minutes a day for about a week. Will the use of whitening tape harm your teeth? Whitening tape uses peroxide to remove stains from teeth. According to the American Dental Association, any form of bleaching can make your teeth sensitive, including whitening strips. The ADA says that the whitening strips can also irritate the gums, although this can be reduced by ensuring proper use. The ADA allows certain whitening tape products to use their endorsement seal, which shows that the organization believes that the correct use of this method is safe and effective.
Most common toothpaste, gels, and liquids may remove some stains, but most do not contain the above-mentioned bleaching agents, so they have little or no effect on teeth whitening.
Home Remedies for Whiter Teeth
Many people claim that baking soda is sometimes mixed with lemon juice to help whiten teeth. The saliva flow and scrubbing effects of foods such as apples, pears, and carrots also help to keep teeth white. Strawberries are believed to contain both astringents that remove stains and vitamin C that may remove plaque. Sugar-free chewing gum helps stimulate saliva to wash teeth and neutralize the acid in food.
Does Coconut Oil Pulling Work?
Oil pulling is a folk remedy from South Asia that has become very popular, and many people who seek to whiten their teeth have also begun to use it. This process requires stirring the edible oil back and forth between the teeth for 1 minute to 20 minutes or even longer. Coconut oil is a popular choice, but in theory, any edible oil should be equally effective. Let’s study what oral health professionals think about oil lifting.
Although the research is inadequate, a study found that there is an association between this practice and lipoid pneumonia, which may develop when a small amount of oil is inhaled. Another researcher found that there was no difference in microbicidal properties between oil extraction and standard chlorhexidine mouthwash. The American Dental Association said that there is not enough reliable scientific evidence to prove that oil pulling can whiten teeth, or that it improves oral health in general. ADA does not recommend this practice. Instead, it reminds patients to use fluoride toothpaste twice a day for two minutes, and then floss once a day.