Let's remove teeth stains!

Stained teeth are a real turn off. But how do you remove teeth stains?

Trying to keep teeth stain free in the six months between dental visits can be quite a challenge. Aside from telling you to keep away from everything which will stain your teeth, which is unreasonable and impractical, there are things that you can do:

  • you can cut down on red wine, tea, coffee and curries etc
  • you can switch to an electric toothbrush
  • you can get yourself a handy little tooth cleaning device
  • you can use baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) when you brush your teeth

Cutting down on staining foods

This is probably the hardest option but perhaps the most beneficial. It wouldn't hurt your overall health and beauty to try to follow this one so you do have another incentive as well as the teeth.

An electric toothbrush

An electric toothbrush is a must. I don't know how I lasted out for so long before I bought one about 10 years ago. Proper use prevents you from scrubbing away at your gums and helping them to recede even faster than Mother Nature intended - if you use it properly - you are not supposed to saw away up and down or side to side and to begin with it really doesn't feel right but once you have got used to it you will never want to go back to a manual brush.

Once you have bought your electric toothbrush, it's important you use it properly. The most important points are:

  • Hold the brush head on one tooth for a few seconds. Don't move it during that time. Then move to the next tooth. If you simply glide the toothbrush across your teeth, you'll be doing very little good for your teeth.
  • Make sure the brush head is at right angles to your teeth.
  • Don't neglect your gums. You may have to use your fingers to lift your lips so that you can ensure your brush head comes at right angles to your gum line.

Tooth cleaning devices

I have a brilliant little device which cost me about the same as a tube of toothpaste. It consists of a handle with a small rough scraper attached to it. They are readily available at drug stores. Once a week or so, when I see stains coming, I gently scrape away at them which takes literally seconds. Job done.

Magical baking soda

I don't have to use my tooth cleaning device very often now I have started using baking soda (bicarbonate of soda). Load your brush as usual, then dip the brush with paste into the pot of soda and clean as usual. It is mildly abrasive and has natural bleaching qualities and keeps my teeth stain free. Do be careful not to let any go down. It's rather salty and not a great taste to wake up to or go to bed on.

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