Charcoal, Lemon, Apple Cider Vinegar Or Other Stain Removers

While discolouration of teeth with age is alright but otherwise teeth stains are not good, specially if you have an interview, a meeting or a social gathering coming up. It looks very unhygienic, and restraints your will to smile properly. Hence, no wonder that attempts to “remove stains” is a common home remedy that people seek.

So we continue our focus on “How To Remove Stains From Teeth”, with following assumptions, that most people probably know by now:

  1. Most tooth stains are a result of drinking beverages such as tea, coffee and wine
  2. Use of tobacco causes tooth stains or discoloration of teeth and development of plaque or tartar
  3. Intrinsic tooth stains, the ones deep inside the enamel of teeth, can also be be due to one’s mother’s antibiotic use while pregnancy or childhood exposure to fluoride.

So you can try some natural remedies as mentioned in our earlier posts, but there are some precautions.

3 Ways With Their Precautions – Remove Stains

We all have heard of the proverb “prevention is better than cure”. So one can prevent teeth stains by avoiding a few food items as listed above and by getting rid of a few bad habits. But even if it’s too late, most people know from grannies and aunties the many home remedies that are helpful.

  • Activated Charcoal – the latest trending antidote to tooth discoloration. Glamourised by the  recent commercials from some of the leading dental care brands, one can also get influenced by a bevy of testimonials on YouTube. But does it really work?
    • Pros of using charcoal – It is one of the most popular teeth whiteners at homes in form of activated charcoal powder, or toothpaste or mouthwash.
    • Cons of using charcoal – Though some experts warn that overuse may lead to discoloration of tooth enamel, and likely erosion.
  • Lemon Juice – Lemon and orange peels contain beneficial acids.
    • Pros of using lemon juice – Rubbing lemon or orange peel on your teeth can whiten it, but
    • Cons of using lemon juice – Make sure to rinse your mouth after using lemon/orange peel as the high acid content can also eventually wear away the teeth enamel.
    • Some people mix lemon juice with baking soda for teeth whitening at home, but this may lead to wear in tooth due to their highly acidic nature.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Some people apply ACV in small amounts to teeth and say it removes stains.
    • Pros of using ACV – On the colgate site, it says, that use of ACV with baking soda may actually remove teeth stains and whiten the teeth. And the ideal mixture is 1 part baking soda added to 2 parts of ACV.
    • Cons of using ACV – Some dentists caution against putting such acidic material on the teeth. Apart from the teeth, its highly acidic nature may affect metal dentures on your teeth. With a pH rating o 2 to 3, about the same as stomach acid, ACV can actually cause more harm.

However, the best alternative is to discuss your tooth discoloration problems with a skilled dentist. He or she may help you with better alternatives that suit your teeth.