It’s hard fact that we all like a smiling face. And it’s also true that your perfect lighter teeth without stains can further brighten your smile and bring overall glow on your face. For many, stained or yellow teeth can be a source of embarrassment, and they can indicate various types of dental problems. Teeth sometimes develop stains as a result of consuming particular foods or drinks. Plaque buildup can also make your teeth look dull or yellow In some cases, infections and diseases can cause discolored teeth.

Whatever the cause of your tooth discoloration, you may wonder how to get your natural tooth color, without an expensive professional treatment. Few people esp. the celebrities spend lakhs of rupees per year on professional teeth whitening, which is a treatment that uses bleach to remove stains .But, if you don’t want to spend the time or money at the dentist, you can try out some natural remedies. Also, some people are uncomfortable with the idea of having bleach or other chemicals on their teeth as they may find it expensive or full of artificial ingredients and man-made chemicals or even find it irritating to teeth and gums.

Most home remedies work by gently scrubbing away the stains on the surface of the teeth. Some provide an immediate brightening effect, and others will gradually restore your natural teeth color. Depending on the cause and severity of your tooth discoloration, you may find that some remedies work better than others:

1) Baking Soda : Baking soda is one of the best natural ways to restore your natural tooth color. Baking soda is a mild abrasive, so it gently scrubs away stains on your teeth. You can mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 or 3 teaspoons of water and use the paste to brush your teeth. However, baking soda can be abrasive on your gums, so you shouldn’t use it every single day. You can also mix a couple teaspoons of baking soda with lemon juice. Use your toothbrush to evenly apply the paste over all surfaces of your teeth. After a minute, rinse the paste off. Make sure you don’t leave the paste on your teeth for longer than a minute and rinse thoroughly with plenty of water. Lemon juice is very acidic, and it can affect the enamel ,if left on your teeth for more than a minute.

2) Apple cider vinegar and water : Dilute half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Rinse your mouth with this solution every morning before brushing your teeth. You can use it every day.

3) Activated charcoal : Activated charcoal is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to naturally restore your teeth color. Crush up one charcoal tablet into a powder. Dip your clean wet toothbrush into it, and brush your teeth as you normally do.

4) Sea salt, lemon juice, and toothpaste : Mix half a teaspoon of sea salt and some freshly squeezed lemon juice with a small amount of toothpaste in a bowl. Apply the mixture to your teeth, and leave it on for a minute before rinsing your mouth thoroughly. Use it 1-2 times a week.

5) Hydrogen peroxide swish : Brush teeth with regular toothpaste. Mix ½ cup of water with 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, swish in your mouth for 1 minute. Brush and rinse with water to remove hydrogen peroxide. Repeat daily until you see lighter teeth.The peroxide bleaches stains from teeth to restore their natural color.

6) Powdered milk and toothpaste : Powdered milk will help to make your teeth pearly white and keep them healthy. Put some toothpaste on your toothbrush, add a bit of powdered milk on top of it, and brush your teeth. Use it1-2 times a week

7) Coconut oil pulling : Place a tablespoon of organic coconut oil in your mouth and swish/swirl it around your mouth (the way you’d use a mouthwash) for 5-20 minutes. Rise then sprinkle clean, damp toothbrush with baking soda and brush your teeth. Rinse.Oil pulling is an ancient technique that removes plaque and bacteria exposing whiter, brighter teeth. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and can also help to reduce gum disease. Baking soda is mildly abrasive which helps gently buff away surface stains.

8) Include Calcium in the diet : Yellowing or discoloration is sometimes caused by the erosion of tooth enamel, which exposes the yellow dentin underneath .Keeping the enamel strong will prevent the dentin from showing through, and calcium is one of the best nutrients for strong teeth. Foods with high amounts of calcium include:
• Milk
• Cheese
• Kale
• Broccoli
• Watercress
• Sardines
• Almonds


After completing my Post Graduation from Symbiosis International University (Pune) & being from medical background , I have worked with reputed healthcare sectors in Mumbai, Delhi & Pune like Fortis, Max & Sancheti Hospital ,Metropolis Labs & World Health Organization (for Polio Vaccination Drive).I really like to pen down my thoughts & willing to contribute a little towards every single : safe, healthy & happy “Woman Of Our Nation”!!

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