Last Modified on May 18, 2016
A fresh, white smile is one of the best first impressions anyone can give, yet several daily habits leave behind tough stains on the teeth. Teeth whitening and stain removal does not just happen at the dentist office, though. Several home remedies are effective for eliminating stains and procuring a whiter, brighter smile.
What Causes Stained Teeth?
Stained teeth are generally considered a characteristic of age; however, several habits contribute to the discoloration of teeth as well. At any rate, the vast majority of discoloration causes can be avoided.
Smoking and chewing tobacco are two of the most harmful habits for a white smile. Likewise, drinking and eating intensely colored beverages and foods can also contribute to a less than bright smile. Acidic foods and beverages also contribute to teeth stains. Wine, tea, cola, sports drinks, berries, sauces and sweets are among the biggest offenders.
Home Remedies for Whiter Teeth
Many conventional teeth whitening methods contain harsh chemicals. Natural methods, however, whiten just as effectively without the harshness. Hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and lemon juice are among the most common home remedies for whitening teeth.
A compound comprised of hydrogen and oxygen, the compound breaks down to become effective. As it separates into water and oxygen, the compound serves as a bleaching agent effective for teeth whitening. The compound may cause gum sensitivity but is considered safe for regular whitening practices.
Baking soda is another common tooth whitening product. A weakly alkaline product, baking soda breaks down into free radicals when exposed to water. These molecules oxidize stains on the teeth and, in turn, remove the discoloration of the teeth.
Lemon juice is also effective for whitening the teeth. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which is an effective bleaching agent. Paired with baking soda, this whitening agent is especially effective.
White teeth are one of the most sought after and easiest to achieve appearance components in today’s society. While most conventional methods of whitening are pricey and chemical-laden, natural methods offer just as effective results without the high price tag in terms of health and money.
Remedies for Stained Teeth
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To whiten my teeth, I just dip my toothbrush into a container of activated charcoal powder. I brush my teeth, rinse then brush with water to get rid of the black left from the charcoal. I don't do it every day because I don't want the charcoal to reduce the tooth enamel.
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Posted by Precios (Las Vegas, Nv) on 10/28/2015
Baking soda, Tooth Paste, Hydrogen Peroxide .3%, and water
I started brushing my teeth with those items to whiten my teeth. It works slowly put you can see results in two days... but it also helps if you have black gums. cause my top gums were black but I notice after I started brushing with my mix (baking soda, hydrogen peroxide .03%, toothpaste, and water) after a few days 95% of the black on my gums were gone. You have to make sure you do it twice a day like your supposed to.
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, Usa) on 05/23/2015
Just got dentures and one particularly good piece of advice for stains is to drink things like coffee and tea through a straw BUT I prefer both my coffee and tea hot, so...hot liquid and a plastic straw? No! Paper? Even worse.
Solution! A certain site that starts with an "A" has glass straws!
Posted by Clio51 (Manchester, Uk) on 06/16/2013
Hi, Has anybody ended up with a sore tongue after swishing 3% peroxide for teeth whitening? I only done this twice but for weeks now I feel I can still taste it, and my tongue is really sore. HELP! WHAT CAN I DO TO EASE THE SORENESS? Thanks.
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Posted by Edwin (Cincinnati, Ohio) on 07/11/2010
I have been using fghp after I brush my teeth. I take a swing of fghp & hold it in my mouth for 2-3 seconds & discharge into the sink. Then I will take my mouth wash & do the same. Your teeth will be whiter & cleaner. My dentist told me that fghp prevents plaque buid up.
Fghp=food grade hydrogen peroxide
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Posted by Janie D (Mattoon, Illinois) on 11/02/2009
After reading about "whitening teeth with the H/P", I decided to try it. I have been rinsing with it now for about four months (started doing it religiously - two to three times a day - 1 Tablespoon of H/P swishing and rolling it around in my mouth, leaving it in for up to ten-fifteen minutes before spitting it out, (after I brushed my teeth), and the results: my teeth are now absolutely... WHITE! I get a lot of compliments about how nice they look and I did it without getting them professionally whitened. Although they are not the chalky white, they are pretty close to it! I did not see results right away, however. It took probably a week or two before I started seeing some really significant improvement. I went to the dentist a while back and they wanted to know what I was using that got my teeth so white. I told them about the H/P. I asked my dentist if it was harmful to continue rinsing with it also. My dentist said my gums and mouth looked very healthy and she didn't see any reason to discontinue. She also commented that I had hardly any plaque build-up (I am guilty of flossing every day!), and that my gums and teeth looked very, very healthy! H/P works. Give it at least a couple weeks to see some results.
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Posted by Connie (Manitowoc, Wisconsin) on 08/12/2009
Better But With Side Effects:
The other night I swished with drug store hydrogen peroxide to see if it would indeed remove the tea and coffee stains from my teeth. The peroxide was 3% (the kind that says it's for oral use) mixed with an equal amount of water. The directions say to swish it for at least a minute, I did it for ten minutes. There was no apparent difference immediately afterward. The next day (or was it the day after that?) I made a recipe with turmeric in it and immediately after eating it brushed my teeth with baking soda. I was surprised because then the teeth suddenly seemed whiter. But now my gums are very sensitive to my toothbrush and bleed a bit. I have been using a hard bristle brush with baking soda once a day at night, and never had a problem like this before. They were not sensitive prior to this incident. Just a word of caution.
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Posted by Bob (Memphis, TN) on 03/30/2009
My Secret for Whiter Teeth: I really like this site. I've read numerous helpful suggestions on here I plan on trying. Here is one that I have been doing for many years now that I would like to pass on to you. Dentist are making a fortune off bleaching teeth when you can do it yourself at home for a few cents per day. I have been using regular off the shelf 3% hydrogen peroxide to bleach my teeth for years now. I am a male 52 years old and even today when I go to the dentist they are astounded at how white my teeth are and find it hard to believe that I don't have them bleached. Every day after you brush your teeth grab your bottle of peroxide and put enough in your mouth to fill it up but not to the point of gagging on it. I like to do this while I am shaving but it also works well to put it in your mouth as you are stepping into the shower. Leave it in your mouth the entire time you are in the shower and right before you turn the water off spit it out and rinse well with water. While it is in your mouth swish it and just keep doing that the whole time it is in your mouth. Try to do it once per day every day of the week. You should see a difference within a week or two. If you are a smoker or heavy coffee drinker you will probably see a difference even quicker. I happen to like really strong black coffee. I drink about 4 cups every morning. I buy several big bottles which you can get at places like Costco or Sam's. The cost is very minimal and for just a few cents per day you will have gleaming white teeth. Watch, people will start commenting on what white teeth you have and ask how you get them so white. I always reply I just brush with that baking soda and peroxide type tooth paste. I guess you can answer however you choose. Hope some of you get some use out of this.
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Posted by Whisper (Timmins, Ontario Canada) on 05/21/2009
What I've been doing for ages now is take one capful of peroxide dunk my toothbrush in it to moisten it then dip it in baking soda, I then take the capful of peroxide and dump it under my tongue and then proceed to brush with it, it will foam up get ready for that, I brush for two minutes then I spit it all out and rinse and then I use toothpaste to coat my teeth with whatever ingredients toothpaste has to further protect my teeth and also have the chance to scrape my tongue with the toothpaste to get rid of any excess peroxide. I do this about once or twice a month. My friends started questioning why I had such white teeth so I had to tell them my secret, some of them have done it daily, I've seen the results and they are so happy. But my teeth are white and don't need any more than what I do, as you go along you know what works and what doesn't. I'm 53yrs old and have beautiful white teeth because of the care I took throughout the years.
My understanding on this is that you find peroxide included in all of your teeth whiteners that are sold and we have toothpaste that has baking soda, so I went full strength with both to get the best effect.
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Posted by Cathy (San Antonio, TX) on 09/02/2008
Having noticed that I was developing two quite noticeable stains on my upper 2 front teeth from coffee, I was concerned about yet another dental bill. I didn't want to buy commercial teeth whiteners so I thought I'd check EarthClinic before I made my appointment. One reader had recommended brushing with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. I thought she meant that 'with time' the stains would go away. I immediately went in to brush these 2 teeth and within 30 seconds, both stains were completely gone! Be warned that if you have an electric toothbrush---your surrounding gum tissue may turn white but it only lasts 20 minutes or so. I am very pleased.
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Posted by Aracely (Roswell, NM) on 02/29/2008
Oh MY GOD!! oh my god.. all i can say is wow!! i read about oil pulling this morning went out and got Sunflower and Safflower oil, i've done 2 sessions with the oil pulling, i must say that it did not get as foamy and white as i thought it would. it was still somewhat yellow. but my teeth are SO MUCH WHITER!! only after 2 sessions!! i have a persistant cough that never goes away no matter what i've used, and i've noticed that after each session, i'm coughing a lot more. i feel almost like a heavyness in my chest but when i do cough, i feel like i'm loosening up whatever it is that has been in my lungs that kept me with that cough. it has a funny kind of taste when i cough. i don't smoke either, well i did when i was 19 but that only lasted about 6 months (me trying to be cool) and i'm going to be 25 next month. i was really only trying it for my teeth, but now i'm going to keep doing it in hopes of clearing up my lungs and removing varicose veins. i have 2 kids now and pregnant with my 3rd so they have been a big problem for me. I will be a regular on this site i can say that much for sure, so i will keep you posted!
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Posted by Catherine (Orlando, FL) on 02/18/2008
I used about 2 teaspoons of safflower oil and pulled for 20 minutes. My teeth are whiter. Two brown spots are almost gone. My gums are more irritated, which I see as a positive thing because they're healing. My head!! It started hurting so much about an hour after I finished. I had to take something and go to sleep. It still throbs a little and it has been 15 hours since I pulled. How long does that last? After a week? two weeks? I don't know if I can stand it. I am mainly trying this for my gums/teeth and also for arthritis and TMJ. Any feedback on arthritis and TMJ would be nice. The headache isn't worth it though if I have to endure it for very long. Thanks for the feed back.
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Posted by Kelly (Middleton, Wi) on 11/29/2013
I am a woman in my early thirties, and I had noticeable brown / gray stains on my top front teeth because I drink coffee and tea every day. I read about this treatment and tried it: I put 4 drops of peppermint essential oil, plus a sprinkle of baking soda, on a cotton swab and rubbed it on the teeth's stains. I rubbed for about 5 minutes and the stains were GONE! I could actually see some brown (from the stains) on the cotton swab! Then I rinsed a few times with water.
Make sure to avoid rubbing the gums with baking soda. Also, I wouldn't do this too often, maybe once a week, as baking soda is quite abrasive and also changes the ph of your saliva, making your gums sensitive.
I have never posted anything online before, but I just had to share this teeth-stain-removing method and the WONDERFUL results I got with it!
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