According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the most common thing that people want to change about their smile is often the whiteness of their teeth. Here’s you know what causes discolouration and how you can whiten your teeth with natural, everyday ingredients.

What causes discolouration?

You can run, but you can’t hide. The same can be said about disturbingly yellow teeth. Your teeth are covered with a smooth enamel that is naturally white. When that wears out it becomes translucent and reveals the lower layer called ‘dentil’ that is yellow in colour. The enamel wears out over time but certain habits, dietary and otherwise can accelerate it.

1. Too much tea or coffee:

Drinking too much tea or coffee stains the teeth. Not only do they erode the enamel but they also make the teeth stickier which causes food particles to latch on.

2. Sugary drinks:

This one’s a double whammy. It’s a mix of acidity and sugar, both of which are bad for the teeth. If you still want a glass or two once in a while then we suggest you drink quickly instead of sipping on it over a long period of time and rinse your mouth after.

3. Smoking :

This is probably the worst cause for tooth decay and discolouration. It damages the teeth beyond repair. Not only does it make them yellow, in some cases it also leaves behind permanent grey marks that can’t be removed.

4. Brushing right after eating:

This might seems harmless and even good but dentists suggest you drop this habit. The acid and sugar produced when we eat weakens the enamel temporarily and brushing it at the time weakens it further. Ideally, wait for half an hour or more or brush before eating and rinse your mouth after the meal.

5 Best Natural Remedies To Whiten Your Teeth:

There are a number of effective treatments in the market but they’re not exactly easy on the pocket or worth the pain. If you’re seeking more traditional ways of going a shade lighter then we’ve got you some solid advice. (Eat your way to whiter teeth)

1. Baking soda –

Mix very little baking soda with water and pour it over your tooth brush before you start brushing. Or apply it using your finger tips and leave it on for about 1 minute. Baking soda can work wonders for your teeth but be sure to use it sparingly or it can erode the enamel.

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