23 Surprising Ways To Whiten Your Teeth… & KEEP Them White

23 Surprising Ways To Whiten Your Teeth… & KEEP Them White

As a recent dentist-visiting convert, (having always been terrified) I'm now very into looking after my teeth. A trip to the hygienist is the best way to get whiter teeth, but for in-between appointments, why not try these natural ways to keep your teeth white?

If you're partial to cups of tea, glasses of red wine, buckets of coffee and smoking then you might find your teeth have got discoloured. Find out how to get rid of the stains now... (oh, and if you're a fan, please share this article - we're trying to spread the word about our website!).

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1. Chocolate

chocolate
Dark chocolate is much better for you.

If you've ever stuffed your face with chocolate, resulting in a questionable brown smile you might find this one a surprise. Pick up some dark chocolate when you next head to the shop and you will help bacteria from sticking to your teeth. It also contains theobormine , which has been found to be better than fluoride at hardening and re-mineralising tooth enamel.

2. Steak

Chewing a steak will keep mouths and gums exercising which will give them strength. The phosphorus will also help to protect teeth bone and enamel. What a great excuse to head to a fancy restaurant for a tasty bit of  steak.

3. Cheese

Great news for cheese fans - the yellow treat has been known to increase alkaline saliva and forms a protective layer around your teeth which will help keep acid away. Hard cheeses will also help to remove old food from your teeth. Quick, crack out the cheese board.

4. Baking soda paste

baking soda
There's not much it can't do!

Mix a couple of teaspoons of baking soda with water or fresh lemon juice to make a paste. After wiping your teeth from saliva with a paper towel, put the paste on your toothbrush and use it to coat your teeth. Leave for a minute and then rinse!

5. Nuts & seeds

Chew these hard foods to help rub away plaque and stains. They're also full of healthy fats and protein. Nuts and seeds are not just for woodland creatures!

6. Celery

The high water content in celery will stimulate saliva production, and you can look forward to getting rid of old food in your mouth as well. Your gums will also be strengthened by that crunch. Plus, it's pretty darn good for you.

7. Strawberries

strawberries
Yum!

Packed full of vitamin C, strawberries will help your yellowing teeth. Once a week, try mashing up some strawberries to make a paste. Rub it onto your teeth - only do this once a week to avoid causing damage to your enamel. Don't forget to brush your teeth afterward to reduce the acidity in your mouth.

8. Orange peel

Cut an inch strip of orange peel with the pith (the white) facing you and cover your teeth with it. Rub it back and forth over your teeth and the acid in the orange peel will help to brighten them. Remember to brush your teeth afterward, but not immediately - you don't want to damage tooth enamel weakened by acid.

9. Lemon

lemon
Useful for cleaning too! 

Gargle with the juice of a lemon and rub the peel all over your teeth to help get rid of yellow marks. Like with other fruit solutions, brush your teeth a little while after to avoid erosion from this acidic food.

10. Charcoal

It's a weird one, but go grab yourself some charcoal powder. Mix it with your regular toothbrush and have a brush. Coffee, tea, wine and plaque will soon be removed - amazing!

11. Apple

An apple-a-day can keep the dentist away too - they will cleanse and brighten your teeth because of their mild acidic nature. This crunchy fruit will help rub away those stains over time. The water content will increase your saliva production as well, which will help with bacteria which leads to plaque.

12. Salt

salt
Who would have thought?

Got some table salt? Mix a little with some baking soda to make a rub for your gnashers. It's an inexpensive treatment for your teeth - try it twice a week and see how you go.

Stay away from...

13. Opening bottles with your teeth

bottle tops
It's not a cool party trick! 

Don't risk cracking or chipping a tooth by opening a bottle with your teeth! Perfectly good opening devices exist, so you have no excuses. I'm guessing it would probably hurt as well...

14. Ice

Stop chewing on ice - it will make your teeth vulnerable and you could end up cracking your teeth! If you find you can't stop chewing ice, it may be that you have an iron deficiency, so get yourself to a doctor to find out more.

15. Tongue piercings

If you've ever had your tongue pierced, you'll know you can't help but play with it. Rubbing the metal along gums and teeth can damage them - it could even lead to tooth loss.

16. Dried fruit

dried fruit
It might be good for you, but it's not good for your teeth.

Sticky foods such as dried fruit can damage your teeth because they tend to stay on teeth for a long time. Rinse with water to help get rid of the sticky remains and brush and floss as soon as you get the chance.

17. Red wine

Acids in wine will erode your tooth enamel. It also contains tannins and chromogen, a deep pigment which help the colour stick to your teeth - this is why your teeth often can look red after a glass or two. Try keeping a glass of water for after your drink to help combat the staining effects.

18. Crisps

Starchy foods like crisps may lead to tooth decay when it gets stuck in between your teeth. Floss after eating a packet to help prevent this. If you can give them a quick brush - even better.

19. Coffee

coffee
Coffee stains are unsightly.

The dark colour of coffee and acidity can yellow teeth. If you're drinking iced coffee, use a straw to keep the liquid away from the front of your mouth. Brush and floss to keep plaque away.

20. Cigarettes

Tobacco products can stain teeth and can interfere with saliva production which helps the surface of your teeth keep clean. Quit! Consider Allan Carr's Easy Way to Quit Smoking - or get yourself free quitting support from the NHS.

21. Energy drinks

Sugar is one of the main ingredients of sports drinks so make sure you stay away from bottles that are high in sugar. Have a rinse around with a glass of water to help wash it away.

22. Sweets

I don't need to tell you that sweets are bad for your teeth. I don't just mean sticky sweets - sour sweets, chewy sweets, cakes - they all contain high levels of sugar which will get stuck in your teeth and cause tooth decay.

23. Fizzy drinks

can
They're loaded with sugar! 

Your favourite sugary drink could be weakening your tooth enamel so try and limit what you drink. If you have to, then choose a bottle of fizzy drink that's low in sugar.

Good luck with your teeth!

 

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  1. Author Malcolm Shelfer on May 20, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    My Great Dentist Going to the dentist was a frightening thing to do. I would sit in the chair and pass out, too! That was then but now I'm older I don't worry - I feel much bolder. I have found a dentist that I can trust. I've been with him for thirty years plus. The man I go to puts me at ease. I come out as though I could fly a trapeze! No more worries for me about teeth. He makes me laugh. And I don't give him grief.

    1. Author Colleen B on May 21, 2015 at 9:42 am

      That's an absolutely superb poem Malcolm, thank you so much!

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  2. Author rodrick on May 20, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    its so surprising i have got many years suffering from the yellow that develop on my teeth didn't know that i have a remed @ home . Thank you for your help , but I left this question unto you that can I apply all these methods at the same time .

    1. Author Colleen B on May 21, 2015 at 9:44 am

      I would try one at a time - so that way you can eliminate which methods are working the best for you! Nothing will match a trip to the hygienist and dentist though, so give these methods a whirl in between dental appointments.

    Reply
  3. Author Emma on October 19, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    GOSH SOME WEIRD AND WONDERFUL TIPS THERE. I MUST SHOW MY SON THE ENERGY DRINK TIP. SUGAR, SUGAR, SUGAR. I AM TRYING TO LIMIT HIS IN TAKE FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. BUT SHOWING HIM THAT ADDITIONAL TRIPS THE DENTIST, ARE NOT FUN, BECAUSE OF ERODED TOOTH ENAMEL, DECAY - SHOULD HOPEFULLY DO THE TRICK. I KEEPING TELLING HIM ONCE THOSE ADULT TEETH ARE GONE THEY ARE GONE. NO EXTRA SETS ONCE WE HIT ADULTHOOD. THANKS FOR THE ADVICE!

    1. Author Anushka F on October 26, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Emma, good luck with teaching your son about oral hygiene! I agree it is so important to take care of your teeth. Energy drinks are really very bad for you, I hope he listens to your advice.

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  4. Author Heather Wooding on October 7, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I was a little concerned to read that eating a lot of ice, which I do, in fact whilst drinking my favourite Voddie I will fill my glass twice with crushed ice before I finish it, could be a sign of an iron deficiency. How does that work?

    1. Author Eve on May 18, 2017 at 6:59 am

      I was shock also to read about the iron deficiency with ice as I was hooked on crush ice for about ten year after the birth of my second child

    Reply

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