8 Ways to Remove Tea Stains from Your Teeth
There are two beverages that are had in abundance in Pakistan; coffee and tea. While we enjoy them, there is another issue that comes with it; stained teeth. The more you have these beverages, the more prominent these stains will become. If you wish to prevent these stains before they come without giving up the beverages, you could chew gum, drink a few sips of water to remove the stains immediately, or use a straw to sip these beverages to lessen the risk of them staining your teeth. However, if you already have these stains and are looking to remove them, try some of these tips.
Lime and Salt
If you are looking for an easy solution, try brushing your teeth with lime and salt. Use the juice of one lime, adding enough salt to form a paste. Using an old toothbrush, brush your teeth with this mixture normally. Don’t get frustrated if the stains do not vanish straight away; constant use of this will help remove teeth stain. To start off, try brushing your teeth with this mixture at least twice a week.
If you are in a rush and do not have time to make a paste and prefer a natural option, try using baking soda. All you need to do is dip a toothbrush in baking soda and brush your teeth with it as you would with toothpaste. Make sure to brush thoroughly, allowing the soda to reach every corner of your teeth.
This may seem obvious, but surprisingly many people do not think of using a whitening toothpaste to target these areas. Since most whitening toothpastes do not contain a bleaching agent, it will not alter the colour of your teeth overtime, but help remove these stains. However, like anything else, it is important to remain consistent and to make sure you’re brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and more, if you’re desperate to get rid of the stains.
Flossing daily can help remove the stains as well. Flossing will essentially help remove the plaque, which is what acts as a stain ‘magnet’ since it darkens the teeth, especially around the edges.
Citrus fruits contain citric acid which tend to enhance stain removal. Examples of citrus fruits would be oranges, lemon, lime, grapefruit, mandarins etc. Eating these could prove to be beneficial in removing teeth stains, while rubbing the peels of some of these fruits on your teeth could be helpful as well.
Coconut Oil Pulling
Coconut oil contains antibacterial properties and is great for protecting and cleaning teeth. Simply take around 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth for anywhere between five and twenty minutes. Take a few drops on your toothbrush and brush your teeth with it as well to see cleaner and whiter teeth.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an acid which helps break down plaque and removes other stains effectively. However, since it is an acid it has the potential to strip the enamel off your teeth. Therefore, it is important that after brushing with it, you brush your teeth with normal fluoride toothpaste. Try using this consistently for one whole month at least to see results.
Strawberries contain many antioxidants and compounds that benefit the health and wellness of your teeth and are particularly useful is removing stains. Mash up four to five strawberries, apply them to the teeth and rinse well afterward. This brightens and whitens the teeth, removing the stains efficiently.