Tooth whitening can refer to anything that removes surface stains and helps lighten the shade of enamel. This can include certain toothpastes, particularly those with baking soda or peroxide, whitening mouthwashes, and other over the counter products designed to reduce stains from foods and beverages. But can teeth be whitened naturally – without oral hygiene products? Of course, but only to an extent.
Natural Tooth Whitening
One of the most effective ways to keep teeth bright and white is avoiding those things that cause discoloration. Minimize coffee and tea intake. Do not smoke or use products containing nicotine. Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet. These things all contribute to a healthier and more attractive smile. Eating a diet complete with fresh, crunchy fruits and foods high in certain acids can also help lighten teeth by removing surface stains. Brushing after every meal and snack will assist in this as well.
In addition to eating clean and reducing your intake of dark beverages, you can whiten teeth naturally through methods such as:
- Oil pulling
- Apple cider vinegar
- Homemade baking soda and peroxide rinses
These things work to varying degrees and are not safe or effective for every smile. The best way to protect your smile while brightening it is by first discussing the health of your teeth with Austin cosmetic dentist Dr. John Schmid. Dr. Schmid can carefully evaluate your teeth and gums for signs of oral health issues – some of which may worsen with at-home teeth whitening – to help you determine which methods will be best for your needs.
To schedule your free tooth whitening consultation at our Austin dental office, please contact Dr. John Schmid online or by calling 512-329-5967 today. We welcome patients from Round Rock and all surrounding Texas communities.