Smiling can be embarrassing if you have yellow teeth. You shy away from taking pictures and do your best to keep your teeth hidden when you meet someone new. Getting rid of yellow teeth isn’t easy (you won’t see instant results), but there many things you can do to transform your smile from discolored to sparkling white.
1. Get Your Dental Hygiene in Check
First and foremost, you need to establish a good dental hygiene routine if you haven’t done so already. Brushing and flossing at least twice per day will help get rid of plaque and bacteria that discolor teeth over time.
Once you have a good oral hygiene routine in place, you can try other remedies to whiten your teeth.
2. Brush with Baking Soda
Baking soda has a natural whitening effect, but it also has antibacterial effects that will help cleanse your teeth and make your smile shine.
- Mix one-fourth of a teaspoon of baking soda with a little toothpaste.
- Brush with the mixture.
- Rinse with warm water.
Brush with this mixture once or twice per week. You don’t want to brush with baking soda daily because it has an abrasive effect that may wear away your teeth’s enamel over time.
Baking soda does have an alkaline taste, so you may prefer to use a mouthwash instead. Do make your own, mix one tablespoon of baking soda, lemon juice and 1 ½ teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with a cup of cold water. Rinse with this mouthwash once or twice per day.
Because the baking soda dissolves in the liquid mixture, it doesn’t have as much of an abrasive effect on your teeth and can be used more often.
3. Brush with Activated Charcoal
Here’s a remedy you’ve probably never heard before – brushing with activated charcoal. Yes, your mouth will look like you’ve just eaten a pile of dirt, but the charcoal does not stain your teeth. In fact, it whitens them.
Activated charcoal is porous and highly absorbent. These properties help it bind with substances like tannins, which stain your teeth.
Brushing with activated charcoal also helps kill bad bacteria that rots your teeth.
To use, just dip your toothbrush in powdered activated charcoal, and brush your teeth as normal. Your mouth and teeth will look black while you brush, but will rinse away when you’re done.
Make sure you purchase food grade activated charcoal for this. You can find activated charcoal in health food stores or the supplement aisle at your local supermarket. Please don’t use the charcoal you use for your BBQ grill.
4. Give Oil Pulling a Try
Oil pulling is a technique that’s been used in the East for centuries and is just now being picked up in Western countries. It’s a simple practice, but one that helps whiten your teeth while keeping your mouth free of bacteria.
Swish about a tablespoon of coconut or sesame oil in your mouth for 20 minutes daily, ideally as soon as you wake up.
Do not swallow the oil, and spit it out into a bag when you’re done. Coconut oil can solidify in your pipes and cause issues over time.
5. Brush Immediately After Eating or Drinking
The simplest remedy, but the most difficult to maintain. It’s not always easy (or practical) to brush immediately after eating or drinking, but this is the most effective way to get rid of yellow teeth.
If you drink coffee or tea throughout the day, brushing right away can help prevent the tannins in these drinks from staining your teeth.
6. Eat Strawberries
Actress Catherine Zeta Jones swears by strawberries for teeth whitening. The vitamin C in this popular berry helps whiten teeth, but strawberries also help remove plaque, which can make teeth look yellow over time.
For best results, mash the strawberries into a paste and rub the paste on your teeth. Do this twice per day for a few weeks. You need to be persistent with this remedy, but it will help remove stains gently.
Some people prefer to mix strawberry pulp with baking soda and allowing the mixture to sit on the teeth for a few minutes.
Don’t forget to rinse your mouth and brush your teeth afterward to wash away any leftover residue.