Whiter Teeth Hacks
Here is a little truth bomb. I use Pinterest like it’s a magic 8 ball who knows everything.
I’m not kidding.
Fashion question? I go to Pinterest.
Recipe? Always Pinterest.
Exercises? I have a Pinterest board for that.
Kid craft ideas? Pinterest all the way.
I have thousands of pins, and I refer to them all the time. I have seventy boards. Holy smokes. Seventy boards people. Wow. Confessing that it feels a little bit like I have a problem.
The first step to recovery is admitting I have a problem, right?
Yeah … but this is a really useful problem. I like every part of my Pinterest boards. Marie Kondo might even approve because they spark joy.
Pinterest is like my life hack bestie. I go to it for last-minute appetizer ideas, picture hanging hacks, laundry stain hacks, cake-making hacks, and even hacks for whitening my teeth.
Now that is a fabulous hack. Show of hands. Who would like to know a hack or two for whiter teeth?
We’ve got you covered.
Whiter Teeth Hacks
Avoid Food and Drinks That Cause Stains. This hack tends to either sound like a no-brainer or a nuisance. Whatever it sounds like, facts are facts. There is a list of things you should avoid eating and regularly drinking if you do not want stained teeth.
Here’s your basic list of stain-inducing foods and drinks:
- Balsamic vinegar
- Soy sauce
- Black tea
- Green tea
- Sugary goodies
- Tomato sauces
- Barbecue sauce
It doesn’t mean you can’t eat or drink any of these things. It does mean that partaking on a regular basis can lead to stains.
You can still have your morning coffee or that glass of wine in the evening. You’ll just need to drink some water within thirty minutes to rinse your teeth. That will help you to avoid unnecessary staining.
Eat Foods That Brighten Your Teeth. Yay! There are foods you can eat that actually contribute to whiter teeth. That is good news, people. You can eat these foods to your heart’s content.
This is the list of teeth-brightening foods:
- Raw onions. Mmm hmm. I know you are salivating as you dream about munching on an onion right now. Seriously. Raw onions contain sulfur that keeps plaque from forming.
- Milk, yogurt, and cheese. Each of these foods is known for being full of calcium which helps to fortify your enamel and strengthen your teeth.
- Strawberries. Yesss. That’s one you can get on board with! Strawberries contain malic acid that works its magic by getting rid of extrinsic stains on your teeth. Bring on the berry!
- Carrots, celery, broccoli, and nuts. These crunchy foods have the perfect texture for scrubbing stains off of your teeth.
- Apples. This fibrous fruit is a great choice because there are so many different flavors to choose from. Apples are good for your gums’ health, and they encourage the production of saliva to rinse away all the bad things that cause stains and decay.
Apply a little Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon Juice. This is a truly cost-effective and tasty choice for whitening your teeth. (Okay. I lied about the tasty part. Eww. I hope you like it.)
Mix together about two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Use your delicious mixture to brush your teeth and scrub away stains.
For this option, you only want to use the solution on your teeth once each week. The acid in it removes stains, yes, but over time it will cause your enamel to wear thin if used too often.
Kissing. Yep. We are 100% serious. A good, long kiss produces saliva. Saliva helps to wash away all the yuck that causes stains.
So go out there and have yourself a happy, little makeout session. But maybe don’t go for it right after eating those teeth-whitening raw onions.
Give Your Teeth a Massage With an Orange Rind or Banana Peel. Oooh. Kissing and a massage? Yeah, baby. Whiten my teeth!
It’s not that kind of a massage. Sorry.
The rind and peel contain tons of vitamins and minerals that are good for your teeth. So, many people rub them onto their teeth as a means of whitening and fortifying. After your fruit massage, give it ten minutes and follow it up by brushing your teeth.
Brush With a Whitening Toothpaste. This is a pretty basic hack. Consistently brush your teeth with whitening toothpaste to remove the surface stains from basic wear and tear.
Keep in mind that some whitening toothpaste can be abrasive and increase sensitivity. So, you may also want to keep a toothpaste for sensitive teeth on hand to deal with any bouts of sensitivity.
See Your Dentist. Seriously. Go to the dentist every six months to have your teeth cleaned and checked for cavities.
A hygienist can floss, scrub, and scrape away any buildup you missed during your regular oral hygiene routine.
Floss, Brush and Rinse Regularly. Every morning, brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and rinse with a fluoride mouthwash, all of which are approved by the American Dental Association.
At bedtime, floss first, brush, then rinse. Make sure you are properly flossing by hugging each tooth with the floss and wiggling it all the way up to the gum line in between the teeth. After you brush and rinse, leave your mouth alone. That fluoride needs to sit on your teeth and work on remineralizing those teeth.
Use an Electric Toothbrush. Those good vibrations created by an electric toothbrush are even better than the ones sung by The Beach Boys. Electric toothbrushes have the ability to remove even more surface stains than a manual toothbrush.
Owning an electric toothbrush used to be more of an expense than it is today. Companies are creating affordable versions of these stain-fighting toothbrushes that cut the cost by as much as 50%.
Grab Whitening Strips. If you have a bit of surface staining, whitening strips are a great option. The strips are affordable and convenient. There are oodles of choices out there for you, from buying online or picking them up at a local grocery store.
Whitening strips are easy to use. You pretty much put them on like stickers. Just open the package and stick them on to your clean, dry teeth. (Brush with water only beforehand.)
Leave them on for twenty to forty-five minutes every day for a period of ten days to twenty-one days. It is best to use them just before bedtime. You should see results by the end of the suggested time period.
Quit Smoking. Yes. This should be a no-brainer for you. Cigarette smoking causes horrible brown and yellow stains on your teeth.
The nicotine and tar in cigarettes wreak havoc in your mouth. Nicotine combines with oxygen and turns yellow; the tar cleans to your tartar. Both of them penetrate the tartar and enamel to create deep, nasty stains.
Go With a Zombie Mouth. Alright, so that is my pet name for using activated charcoal on your teeth. As soon as you try charcoal on your teeth, you’ll know exactly why I call it zombie’s mouth.
Charcoal toothpaste has worked to remove surface stains because it is abrasive. Dentists would much rather see you using activated charcoal as a mask. The same way that charcoal absorbs toxins in your stomach, it absorbs surface stains on your teeth.
Just mix a little activated charcoal with enough water to create a paste and smear it on. Leave it there for about three minutes, and then rinse it all away by swishing water around in your mouth. (But first, go scare your kids with your black teeth. That’s the grown-up thing to do.)
Baking Soda is a Great Stain Remover. Baking soda works to remove stains in the laundry, in the kitchen, and in the bathroom. So, as you can imagine, it also removes stains from teeth.
You can use baking soda along with a little bit of water to brush your teeth and remove surface stains. Or you can mix it with a little bit of hydrogen peroxide or lemon juice to create a thin paste for whitening.
Mixing baking soda with hydrogen peroxide or lemon juice gets mixed reviews. You have to be very careful when you do this because it can damage your enamel.
Using baking soda more than once per week can cause microfractures, scratches, and brittleness. And that defeats the purpose of using the baking soda because all of that damage to the enamel will allow stains to penetrate the surface.
Give Whitening Trays a Go. Whitening trays can be obtained in stores, online, or through your dental professional. They are a simple way to whiten your teeth at home.
You will just need to fill your custom-fit trays with bleaching gel and bite down. Wear it for the suggested amount of time, and bite your way to whiter teeth.
Paint Your Teeth. Yep. Paint your teeth with a whitening pen. Those whitening pens allow you to apply a bleaching solution to your individual teeth precisely.
Snow has a whitening system that is the perfect choice for anybody who wants to whiten their teeth with a little whitening wand.
Swish with Oil. This is better known as oil pulling. You can pop a cheek full of sesame or coconut oil into your mouth and swish it around for about twenty minutes first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything.
The oil is said to kill the bacteria lurking in your mouth, so it helps to clean your mouth. People swear by it as a means for whitening and resolving tooth decay.
Be sure to spit the oil out into the trash. If you spit it into the sink or toilet, it will harden up and cause your plumbing to have a blockage.
In the End …
There are obviously a plethora of hacks for whitening your teeth. But, please keep in mind that these whitening hacks are mainly effective on extrinsic stains. (Extrinsic stains are surface stains.)
Your diet can positively or negatively affect your mouth’s health and the color of your teeth. So, before munching and crunching, choose wisely for whiter teeth.
Baking soda is an easy, go-to choice for removing surface stains. However, you should proceed with caution, keeping in mind that it acts like a buffing compound for cars. As it scrubs away stains, it can scratch the teeth and wear away your protective enamel, making them more susceptible to stains.
You can safely try a whitening toothpaste, trays, activated charcoal, or whitening pens. Those are all great at-home hacks for whitening your smiles.
If you have stains that go well beyond the surface, you’ll need to try a really effective product like Snow’s whitening system. Or you must go to your favorite dentist and ask for a professional whitening treatment.
You may have to go for a professional bleaching treatment if your stains are deep within the tooth. No amount of surface scrubbing or at-home whitening systems will whiten your teeth to the level that makes you happy when deep stains are the reason for your stained teeth.
And now you know the most popular hacks for whitening your teeth. If you don’t believe me, talk to my favorite old lady, Pinterest. She’ll point you in the right direction for whiter teeth hacks.