Your teeth don't have to remain yellow or discolored. If you are concerned about the appearance of your teeth because they are not as white as you would like, you can try several different teeth-whitening methods. Here are a few options that are available to improve the look of discolored teeth:
Oil can be used to help remove oil-based stains from your teeth. In the same manner that you swish a traditional mouth rinse about your mouth, you can move an edible oil about your oral cavity. As the oil touches your teeth, gums and soft tissues, it traps harmful microbes and discoloring pigments. Thus, as the teeth are whitened during the oil rinsing, the gums are soothed by the anti-inflammatory properties of the oil.
To achieve the best results, oil rinse regularly using a healthy oil, such as sesame seed oil, olive oil, or coconut oil. In addition, try to rinse for several minutes. The longer you rinse, the more improvements you should see in your tooth color and oral health. Be sure to avoid swallowing the oil: the oil will be filled with bacteria.
Whitening Sugarless Gum
A number of sugar-free gum products include whitening ingredients with a mildly abrasive texture, such as baking soda or titanium dioxide. The ingredients helps prevent further staining of the teeth by scrubbing away the discoloration. Nevertheless, whitening gum is not likely to remove deeply set pigments from the pores of your teeth. Instead, the gum is best used for stain prevention and for the removal of newly set stains.
To maximize the whitening benefits of the gum, chew it immediately after you eat or drink. It can help stop pigments in the ingested substances from settling on the teeth.
Whitening strips can be purchased over-the-counter to help bleach stains from the teeth. The strips, which are made from flexible tape-like plastic, are coated with teeth-whitening gel and can be pressed against the teeth to keep them in place. The gel is usually peroxide-based and chemically whitens the teeth.
When using whitening strips, it is important to follow the product instructions precisely. The overuse or abuse of over-the-counter whitening products can cause an increase in uncomfortable dental sensitivity. In some cases, chronic sensitivity can develop and may be so severe that root canals are required to alleviate the discomfort.
For more ways to improve the whiteness of your teeth, schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist like Suncoast Dental Center.