If your teeth are less than sparking white, you might be interested in whitening them. First, you need to learn what causes yellow and dull looking teeth and then learn what you can do to reverse some damage.
Watch out for these foods and liquids that cause staining on your teeth:
- Red and white wine. They both contain tannins, which are yellow and brown polyphenols and leave your teeth less than white.
- Teas, especially strong black teas.
- Balsamic vinegar.
- Berries, especially raspberries and blackberries.
- Pop, especially dark colas.
- Soy sauce.
- Tomato sauce.
- Citrus fruits.
Most of these have acidic qualities, which are rough for your teeth.
To eliminate the effects of these foods and drinks, here are some ways to keep your teeth white.
After you eat foods or drink liquids like those on the list above, rinse your mouth out with water. Then wait about 30 minutes and brush your teeth. Why not brush immediately? Your enamel is softer and weaker after eating such acidic foods so brushing may actually cause more damage.
When you brush your teeth, don’t forget to brush your tongue too! Anything left on your tongue can actually discolor your teeth. You can even buy a tongue scraper to really get all of the gunk off your tongue and teeth. Also be sure to floss regularly to get out food that can be trapped in between your teeth.
You can try apple cider vinegar as a cheap way to whiten your teeth. Keep in mind that it is also acidic, so you’ll need to rinse your mouth with water very well and brush after you rinse with the apple cider vinegar to make sure you’re not actually damaging your teeth.
Eat more apples, celery and cauliflower because they are light in color and help keep your teeth white.
Last but not least, visit your dentist regularly. They will scrape plague from your teeth and give you a good cleaning to ensure your teeth stay pearly white. You can also ask them about good whitening treatments if you are really unhappy with the color of your teeth. Of course, you can buy whitening strips at the store, but keep in mind they could affect the sensitivity of your teeth and strip enamel.
Do you ever worry about the color of your teeth? What are your favorite whitening tips?