Home remedies to get rid of yellow teeth
Home remedies to get rid of yellow teeth.
It is natural for a person’s teeth to become less white as they age. Many people turn to home remedies to try to get rid of yellow teeth. But which treatments are most effective?
This article explores how to get rid of yellow teeth and looks at 5 remedies to try at home. We also include the scientific studies that support each of the remedies.
Fast facts on yellow teeth:
As the enamel on teeth wears, the yellowish dentin underneath starts to show through.
An easy way of reducing discoloration of the teeth is to brush them frequently.
As people age, their teeth will naturally become slightly discolored.
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
Using a toothpaste containing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide may help reduce yellowing of the teeth.
It is possible to make a paste at home by mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide.
A 2012 study found that using a toothpaste containing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide reduces tooth staining and improves whiteness.
A 2007 study found that vitamin C deficiency may worsen periodontitis, which is a build-up of bacteria on the teeth and gums. This build-up contributes to discoloration.
It follows that keeping topped up on vitamin C may reduce discoloration of the teeth. More research is needed into whether vitamin C consumption may have a whitening effect on the teeth.
When added to toothpaste, certain fruit enzymes may combat discoloration.
A 2012 study found toothpaste that contains papain enzyme from the papaya fruit and bromelain enzyme from pineapples helps remove tooth stains.
Apple cider vinegar
When it is used in small quantities, apple cider vinegar may reduce staining on the teeth and improve whiteness.
A 2014 study found that apple cider vinegar has a whitening effect on teeth. It should be noted, however, that this was a study on animals.
Apple cider vinegar may damage the surface of the teeth if used too often. More research is needed into the use of apple cider vinegar, as a tooth whitener. In the meantime, it should be used sparingly and with caution.
Coconut oil pulling
A 2015 study found that oil pulling or swishing in the mouth with coconut oil could be an effective way to reduce plaque build-up on the teeth. As plaque build-up can contribute to yellowing, it follows that coconut oil pulling may reduce discoloration.
More research is needed into coconut oil pulling to establish the extent to which it may help whiten the teeth.
Anyways, keep smiling, it’s good for you!