How To Keep Your Teeth White, Naturally
But what can we do to achieve this without causing harm to our teeth and our mouths?
While we might be tempted to use those whitening strips which are easily available, recent research has indicated that such teeth whitening methods can damage the tooth layer known as the dentin. This is the protein rich area that ensures the roots of our teeth stay bound to the gums.
There is also concern on how breaking down tooth collagen levels (with hydrogen peroxide whitening strips) will impact the long-term integrity of our teeth.
What causes discoloration to our teeth?
- Dry mouth. Coffee is often blamed as the biggest culprit, but dry mouth is said to cause more yellowing of teeth than any other cause.
- Acidic foods.
- Wine, coffee and tea.
- Energy drinks.
- Bruxism and teeth clenching. Bruxism is excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching. It is an oral parafunctional activity, meaning it is unrelated to normal function such as eating or talking.
- Poor nutrition and especially sugar.
- Highly processed junk food.
- Poor dental hygiene.
- Getting older.
- Certain medications.
- Excessive fluoride.
Our top ten tips to keep your teeth white, naturally
Prevention is always better than cure…
- Stay hydrated – and everyone knows that means drinking plenty of water all through the day. Teeth can become dehydrated just like the rest of our body.
- Breathe through your nose and not your mouth – night and day. This is another cause of teeth dehydration.
- Cover the mouth with tape at night – also to help prevent dry mouth.
- Follow a healthy diet.
- Sort out if you have a teeth grinding habit.
- Make sure you avoid any tobacco products.
- Be careful how you brush your teeth. Find out more on how coconut oil can be a useful tool.
- And then clean your teeth with charcoal activated toothpaste. To whiten the teeth as well as general improvement to oral health, wet your toothbrush, dip it into powdered activated charcoal before brushing your teeth as normal. Rinse well and repeat three times a week.
- Start the oil pulling habit. The first thing that most people notice when they start oil pulling is an improvement in their oral health with teeth becoming whiter, breath becoming fresher while the tongue and gums take on a healthy pink color.
- Avoid medications that come with mouth-drying side effects.
How to avoid damage from eating acidic drinks
- If you want to drink coffee or other acidic drinks, make sure to drink them all in one go rather than sipping through the day.
- After you have finished eating and drinking acidic foods and drinks, take the trouble to rinse your mouth out with water to remove any acidic residue.
- Always wait 35 to 40 minutes after such a drink or food before brushing your teeth. This is because it can cause micro-scratching to your tooth enamel, even leading to cavities and gum disease.
If you must use a commercial teeth whitening product to get your teeth back to a base of being whiter (before following these prevention methods), be sure to work with a knowledgeable dentist who can help you reduce the risks by using custom whitening trays.
These will mean less damaging gel being used – gel that can impact your gums.