We had covered a few home remedies to whiten teeth naturally in a previous article. Some of our readers had posted a query: ‘how to remove brown/yellow stains on teeth?’ So today we will answer that. Many factors can lead to brown, black or yellow stains on teeth. The main culprits are: antibiotics, excess use of cigarettes or tobacco and foods like wine, tea, coffee, curries, sauces, etc. So let us study some natural remedies to remove stains from teeth instantly.
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1. Banana peel
How to whiten teeth with banana: The inside of a banana peel is the perfect remedy to remove yellow and brown stains on teeth. Use the inside of the peel to gently rub and massage the teeth and gums. Do this every day. Banana peel removes yellow stains caused by tea, coffee and cigarettes. The potassium, magnesium and manganese in the peel all work in synergy to remove stains and give you whiter, shinier teeth. You must follow this remedy consistently for weeks to see results. Follow with a thorough brushing using a soft bristle brush.
2. Hydrogen peroxide
The easiest remedy to remove brown stains on teeth is using hydrogen peroxide. Buy food grade peroxide (3%) and use it undiluted to gargle and swish around the mouth. Continue to swish for at least 30 seconds. This is necessary to whiten teeth at home fast. Many commercial mouthwashes with hydrogen peroxide are also available these days. Use them diligently twice a day to get rid of yellow teeth overnight. You can also mix together baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and rub the teeth gently with the mixture for instantly getting rid of nicotine and tea/coffee stains from the teeth. (Caution: Baking soda causes dental sensitivity so use this remedy sparingly.)
3. Mixture of peppermint essential oil and baking soda
The easiest way to remove stains from teeth instantly is to rub the stains with a mixture of peppermint oil and baking soda. Take 3-4 drops of pure peppermint oil and mix it with ½ tsp of baking soda. Rub the paste on the teeth. Scrub for at least 2-3 minutes and all the stains will come off instantly! This remedy is abrasive to the dental enamel-so use it cautiously and sparingly.
4. Activated charcoal
This is an age old remedy used since centuries to whiten teeth in one day. It is no wonder that commercial toothpaste manufacturers are adding activated charcoal to toothpastes available commercially. Simply brush the stained teeth with activated charcoal powder (buy pills or powder available in the market). Use the powder daily twice to whiten and brighten teeth.
5. Baking soda, sea salt and lemon juice
A mixture of baking soda, sea salt and lemon juice is another wonderful remedy to whiten teeth at home fast. Mix the three ingredients (1/4 tsp soda and salt each, a few drops of lemon juice to make a paste). Rub the paste all over the stains. Leave on for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly. This remedy is effective but can abrade the enamel. So use it cautiously.
6. Oil pulling
Oil pulling is an ancient remedy to whiten and brighten teeth instantly and prevent and remove brown stains. Rigorously swish a small amount of sunflower and safflower oils (organic varieties preferably) all around your oral cavity. Do this diligently every morning before brushing your teeth. This wonderful remedy can be used every day to remove brown stains from teeth safely. It will not abrade your gums or the dental enamel. In fact; it will also give you many other health benefits as discussed here. Your teeth and gums will also become stronger, cleaner and shinier. Apart from sunflower and safflower oils, you can also use coconut or sesame oil for oil pulling.
The best part about brushing your teeth with turmeric paste is that apart from removing yellow and brown stains from teeth, you will also prevent cavities and bad breath. This is due to the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of turmeric. Using turmeric might seem counter intuitive because it stains everything yellow. But, in case of teeth, it works in the opposite way: it cleans off yellow stains giving you healthier, shinier and whiter teeth. Make a paste of turmeric and coconut oil. Brush the teeth thoroughly with it. This paste is particularly good for removing tea and coffee stains.
8. Apple cider vinegar and soda
Use 2 parts apple cider vinegar in conjunction with one part of baking soda. Apply the mixture to stained teeth and brush thoroughly to instantly remove brown and yellow stains. Try this homemade ‘teeth whitening paste’ every once a week or use apple cider vinegar as an oral rinse. Dilute the vinegar before use.
9. Coconut oil and peppermint leaves
The combination of lauric acid in coconut oil with the stain eliminating properties of mint leaves works wonders in freshening breath, removing bacteria and also whitening teeth instantly, overnight. Apply the crushed leaves and oil on the teeth. Leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing off. Use regularly to maintain whiteness of teeth.
Several homemade solutions work in removing yellow and brown stains from teeth. The above 9 teeth whitening home remedies are effective, safe and inexpensive. Use them regularly to see results.