Safe And Effective Ways to Whiten Your Teeth at Home

“Why does my coffee or tea discolor my teeth?”. There are many foods and drinks that we love and enjoy every day that contain acidic qualities that promote discoloration on your teeth. Genetics can also play a role.  If you’re looking to reverse this discoloration, dentists recommend talking to them first about the best ways to treat your own personal teeth. 
 
There are many at-home methods for teeth whitening - just be sure to use them safely. Stop using them right away and talk to your dentist if you start experiencing severe sensitivity or other side effects.
 
White Strips
 
Whitening strips are often the first thing people think of when it comes to at home teeth whitening. While products like Crest Whitening Strips are considered safe and have the American Dental Association seal of approval, they are a strong solution and should be used according to the package instructions. Overusing them also comes with risks, wearing away your tooth enamel and potentially leading to cellular damage and gum disease.  If your teeth become overly sensitive while using white strips, it’s best to stop and take a break and talk to your dentist.
 
Baking Soda
 
Rinsing with baking soda is a common DIY method associated with teeth whitening and cleaning. You can mix it with a little bit of water, lemon, or lime juice, or apple cider vinegar to create a paste. Brush your teeth and let the mixture sit for a minute, then rinse it off. Be sure to rinse well, and don’t leave the paste on for longer than one minute, to avoid eroding your enamel.
 
Oil pulling
 
This ancient method of washing your mouth using oils, has had a pop culture moment, as celebrities and others tout its benefits. While dentists generally do not believe the practice is harmful, there is limited research as to its effectiveness, so big claims should be viewed accordingly. If you do decide to try this method, make sure the oils you choose are organic, as some oils may contain harmful ingredients.
 
Fruit and dietary changes
 
Did you know that fruit is one of the most natural ways to try and whiten your teeth? Papaya and pineapple contain enzymes such as papain and bromelain that may help to whiten teeth. And apples and pears also have a high concentration of malic acid, an ingredient which is used in some toothpastes. There are also a number of foods and beverages that contribute to staining teeth: coffee, tea, red wine, red fruit juices, and colas are just a few examples. If you really want to keep your teeth white, avoid these foods when possible and get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water and brush your teeth immediately after you consume them.
 
By having constant and proper oral hygiene, you can avoid stains on your teeth and keep your teeth white! This includes visiting your dentist every 6-12 months to have a general cleaning, which also helps mitigating staining and keep your smile healthy.