It is natural for a person’s teeth to become less white as they age. Many people turn to home remedies to try to get rid of yellow teeth. But which treatments are most effective?
This article explores how to get rid of yellow teeth and looks at 6 remedies to try at home. We also include the scientific studies that support each of the remedies.
Fast facts on yellow teeth:
- As the enamel on teeth wears, the yellowish dentin underneath starts to show through.
- An easy way of reducing discoloration of the teeth is to brush them frequently.
- As people age, their teeth will naturally become slightly discolored.
Here are 6 natural remedies that may help to get rid of yellow teeth at home. These are an alternative to teeth whitening options that a dentist may offer:
1. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
- Using a toothpaste containing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide may help reduce yellowing of the teeth.A 2012 studyTrusted Source found that using a toothpaste containing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide reduces tooth staining and improves whiteness.
2. Vitamin C
A 2007 study Trusted Source found that vitamin C deficiency may worsen peridontitis, which is a buildup of bacteria on the teeth and gums. This buildup contributes to discoloration.
It follows that keeping topped up on vitamin C may reduce discoloration of the teeth.
3. Fruit enzymes
A 2012 study Trusted Source found toothpaste that contains papain enzyme from the papaya fruit and bromelain enzyme from pineapples helps remove tooth stains.
4. Apple cider vinegar
When it is used in small quantities, apple cider vinegar may reduce staining on the teeth and improve whiteness.
A 2014 study Trusted Source found that apple cider vinegar has a whitening effect on teeth.
Apple cider vinegar may damage the surface of the teeth if used too often. More research is needed into the use of apple cider vinegar, as a tooth whitener. .
5. Coconut oil pulling
A 2015 studyTrusted Source found that oil pulling or swishing in the mouth with coconut oil could be an effective way to reduce plaque buildup on the teeth. As plaque buildup can contribute to yellowing, it follows that coconut oil pulling may reduce discoloration.
More research is needed into coconut oil pulling to establish the extent to which it may help whiten the teeth.
6. Brushing frequently
- This is most important after consuming food or drink that may discolor the teeth, such as:
- red wine
Here are some tooth brushing, best practice tips:
- brush two times a day
- brush for 2 to 3 minutes at a time
- be sure to brush every surface of each tooth
- make circular motions when brushing
- avoid brushing the gums or brush them very gently
- be sure to reach the teeth at the back of the mouth