Have you looked in the mirror and noticed your teeth look yellow? As you age, thinning enamel can cause yellow stains. Other causes include drinking coffee or wine, smoking, and eating fruits such as blueberries, grapes, and pomegranates.
Whitening trays at the dentist’s office may cost an arm and a leg, but thankfully there are things you can do at home. Here are four handy tips to combat yellow teeth:
Drink Coffee Once a Day
Yes, you may know that coffee can cause yellow teeth, but you don’t have to give up your daily Starbucks fix. Pick a time such as your work break, and drink your coffee. Avoid swishing it around in your mouth, and rinse with tap water after you’re finished.
Make a Baking Soda Paste
Mix several teaspoons of baking soda with water or lemon juice to form a paste. Grab a paper towel to wipe affected teeth clean, and then apply the paste. Leave on for one minute, and then rinse thoroughly with water. This treatment should be limited to two to three times a week.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
According to the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. A soft bristle brush helps remove the bacteria caused by food, and plaque that can darken teeth over time.
Pick a convenient time of day to floss your teeth. Use about 18 inches of floss and wind around your middle fingers. Guide the floss in between the teeth, and at the gum line, curve it into a C shape for a more thorough cleaning.
Brush with a Whitening Toothpaste
Whitening toothpaste doesn’t actually change the natural color of your teeth. It does remove surface stains caused by smoking or drinking coffee, and that makes the teeth look whiter. If you purchase a whitening toothpaste, look for the seal of approval from the American Dental Association.