Most of us prize a beautiful white smile. If you see yellow or dull teeth when you look in the mirror, you’re probably eager to find some solutions to this distressing problem. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do at home to make your teeth bright and attractive. You might be surprised to hear this, but pure essential oils could be exactly “what the doctor ordered”!
- 1 Why Do Teeth Become Yellow?
- 2 Essential Oils for Teeth Whitening
- 2.1 Lemon essential oil
- 2.2 Grapefruit essential oil
- 2.3 Peppermint essential oil
- 2.4 Orange essential oil
- 2.5 Add the essential oil of your choice to your toothpaste
- 2.6 Honey mint teeth rub
- 2.7 Orange/lemon oil in toothpaste
- 2.8 Lemon oil tooth mask
- 2.9 Peppermint and sweet orange essential oils and bentonite clay
- 2.10 Lemon essential oil, mint essential oil, baking soda, fine pink salt
- 2.11 Orange oil with toothpaste
- 2.12 Wild mint essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, fine pink salt, honey, and baking soda
- 2.13 Peppermint essential oil, sea salt, and organic ground cloves
- 2.14 Coconut oil pulling chews with essential oil
- 3 Other Natural Remedies for Whiter Teeth
- 3.1 Baking soda
- 3.2 Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
- 3.3 Baking soda and lemon juice
- 3.4 Activated charcoal and melted coconut oil scrub
- 3.5 Salt
- 3.6 Strawberries
- 3.7 Orange peel
- 3.8 Hydrogen peroxide
- 3.9 Clay
- 3.10 Turmeric
- 3.11 Apples
- 3.12 Floss more often
- 3.13 Crunchy vegetables
- 3.14 Burnt toast
- 3.15 Apple cider vinegar
- 3.16 Pineapple
- 3.17 Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet
- 3.18 Consume more calcium
- 3.19 Reduce stain-causing foods and beverages
- 3.20 Activated charcoal
- 3.21 Basil leaves and mustard oil
- 3.22 Banana peel
- 3.23 Coconut oil
- 3.24 Neem leaves
- 3.25 Sesame oil
- 3.26 Guava leaves
- 3.27 In Conclusion
Why Do Teeth Become Yellow?
Teeth can become yellow for several different reasons. There are two main categories of stain: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic stains have their source within the tooth itself. They develop when specific factors interfere with the enamel’s ability to transit light.
The enamel is the tooth’s hard, protective outer layer. Thin enamel exposes more of the dentin within the tooth, which is yellowish in color. Certain prescription medications can cause intrinsic staining. Extrinsic staining occurs on the surface of the tooth’s enamel.
As many of us know all too well, tooth enamel can be stained quite easily. A variety of different foods, drinks, and lifestyle choices can put us at risk for discolored teeth:
- Chewing tobacco
- Coffee, cola, and other dark-colored beverages
- Red wine
- Certain fruits, such as blueberries, grapes, and pomegranates
Too many acidic drinks and foods can cause the enamel to wear down over time, eventually showing more of the yellowish dentin beneath. This erosion also makes staining of the enamel more likely to occur, as well.
You should be aware that to a certain extent, genetics can affect tooth color. Some people have naturally thinner enamel, showing more of the dentin. Aging can also lead to weakened enamel and yellowish teeth.
To avoid tooth discoloration as much as possible, avoid the foods, drinks, and habits we listed above. Additionally, ensure that you take good care of your teeth, always brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. This will help to strengthen the enamel.
Essential Oils for Teeth Whitening
Essential oils are extracts taken from aromatic plant material, including flowers, fruit rinds, roots, tree bark, and leaves. These concentrated oils have a variety of therapeutic properties and uses.
Some essential oils can help to whiten the teeth. One reason for this is the presence of limonene, a type of compound that has brightening and whitening effects.
Many essential oils are also good for overall oral health, as they can combat bacteria that can lead to tooth decay. Some oils can also help to freshen the breath. Be careful to never accidentally ingest any essential oils, as they could have adverse health effects.
Below are examples of essential oils that might whiten and brighten your teeth:
Lemon essential oil
Lemon essential oil has as much as 78% limonene content, meaning that it’s very effective at eliminating stains. You should be aware, though, that as lemon is extremely acidic, it can weaken the enamel. As a result, you should limit your use of this essential oil on your teeth. Consider avoiding it if you think that your enamel is already thin.
Grapefruit essential oil
Grapefruit essential oil can be useful in whitening and brightening the teeth, as it can have as much as 97% limonene content. Be aware that grapefruit is acidic, and so you’ll want to limit your use of it on your teeth if you want to protect your enamel. If you think that your enamel is already quite thin or weak, you might want to avoid this oil.
Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint essential oil contains components that can make it useful for whitening and brightening your smile.
Orange essential oil
Orange essential oil is made from orange rind. It is the oil’s acidic nature that makes it effective in removing tooth stains. Make sure not to use it too often, or it might lead to damaged enamel.
Here are recipes and techniques for using essential oils:
Before using essential oils and other remedies on teeth, it’s always best to dry your teeth off first with a paper towel.
Add the essential oil of your choice to your toothpaste
One of the easiest ways to use essential oils for your teeth is to simply add one drop of the oil to your toothbrush.
Honey mint teeth rub
Mix one drop of peppermint oil in half a teaspoon of honey. Use a paper towel to dry your teeth, and then rub the mixture onto your teeth. Make sure to leave it on for a minimum of about two minutes before rinsing your mouth.
Orange/lemon oil in toothpaste
Add one drop of lemon or orange oil to your toothpaste once a day.
Lemon oil tooth mask
Make a paste with one teaspoon of baking soda, one drop of lemon oil, and a tiny bit of water. Do this in a small dish. Use the mixture to brush your teeth, and leave it on as a mask for your smile for about two minutes. Rinse your mouth with water.
Peppermint and sweet orange essential oils and bentonite clay
You’ll need one drop of sweet orange oil, one drop of peppermint oil, one capsule of activated charcoal, half a teaspoon of bentonite clay, and a little bit of water (enough to make a paste).
Also, make sure to have a small dish and spoon to use for mixing. Once you’ve mixed all the ingredients, put the mixture on your teeth with a toothbrush. Leave the mixture on your teeth for two minutes and then spit it out. Brush your teeth.
Lemon essential oil, mint essential oil, baking soda, fine pink salt
Mix ten grams of baking soda, two and half grams of fine pink salt, two drops of lemon essential oil, and one drop of wild mint essential oil.
Make this into a paste, using a tiny amount of water. You can brush your teeth with this two times a week. After your teeth are as white as you’d like, you can reduce your use to once a week.
Orange oil with toothpaste
Use two or three drops of orange essential oil. Put the oil on your toothbrush, and then top that with some toothpaste. Brush your teeth as you normally would. You can do this every day for about a week.
Wild mint essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, fine pink salt, honey, and baking soda
You’ll need four drops of wild mint essential oil, four drops of grapefruit essential oil, one ounce of fine pink salt, one tablespoon of honey, and one ounce of baking soda.
Once you’ve mixed the baking soda, salt, and honey, add the listed essential oils. Make sure to stir thoroughly. Store the resulting toothpaste in an airtight container. You can use this toothpaste every day. Remember to also use a fluoride toothpaste each day, too.
Peppermint essential oil, sea salt, and organic ground cloves
Mix a quarter teaspoon of organic ground cloves, ten drops of peppermint essential oil, two capsules of activated charcoal, a quarter teaspoon of sea salt, one tablespoon of organic unrefined coconut oil, two tablespoons of Bentonite clay, and one full dropper of organic liquid stevia.
You should use a glass container rather than a metal or plastic one. A rubber or wooden spoon is best for mixing. You’ll need to store the mixture in a cool dark place.
You can use this homemade toothpaste to whiten your smile. If you’re going to have small children use this toothpaste, you should leave out the peppermint oil.
Coconut oil pulling chews with essential oil
Choose one or more of the following essential oils for this recipe: myrrh, peppermint, or spearmint. You’ll need 15 to 30 drops of whichever you choose.
You’ll also need one-third of a cup of melted virgin coconut oil, nine to ten drops of cinnamon leaf essential oil, clove bud oil, and clove leaf oil, and a quarter of a teaspoon of turmeric.
First, melt the coconut oil and mix in the specified amounts of essential oil and turmeric. Once this has cooled, transfer the mixture into silicone candy or ice cube trays.
There should be between one teaspoon and one tablespoon of mixture in each chew. When you chew these chews, swish the contents (mixed with your saliva) around your mouth for between five and twenty minutes. Use water to rinse your mouth, and brush your teeth thoroughly afterwards.
Other Natural Remedies for Whiter Teeth
You can brush your teeth with a paste of baking soda and water to whiten and brighten your teeth. Be aware that while baking soda’s abrasiveness is what makes it useful in removing stains, that same quality might make it harmful to enamel if used on a too frequent basis.
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with half a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. You should reach the general consistency of a toothpaste.
You can use this on your teeth to help whiten and brighten your smile. Don’t use this mixture too often, as overuse could damage tooth enamel.
Baking soda and lemon juice
Mix three teaspoons of baking soda with a tiny amount of lemon juice (just enough to create a paste). Use your toothbrush to apply this mixture to the teeth.
Brush your teeth, and leave the mix on for about 30 seconds. Remember to rinse thoroughly with water. Only use this mixture occasionally, as the abrasiveness of the baking soda and acidity of the lemon juice might damage the enamel.
Activated charcoal and melted coconut oil scrub
Mix five capsules of activated charcoal, one tablespoon of baking soda, and two tablespoons of coconut oil. Mix all three ingredients in a small glass jar, stirring them well.
Once the mixture is cool, take out about half a teaspoon and put it on your toothbrush. Brush your teeth with this for up to two minutes.
Use a normal toothpaste to brush afterwards. You can do this two or three times per week. If you have sensitive teeth, you can leave the baking soda out of this recipe.
Mix baking soda with salt and rub it over your teeth. You can gently brush your teeth with salt to help brighten your teeth, too. You can also mix it with charcoal. You should use salt only occasionally, as its abrasiveness can damage the teeth and gums.
Make a paste by grinding a few strawberries. Gently rub the paste over your teeth. You can do this two times a day for three weeks.
You can also mix a teaspoon of baking soda with the pulp of one strawberry. Put this on your teeth, and allow it to sit for about three minutes.
Rinse your mouth with water and then use toothpaste to brush your teeth. It is believed that the malic acid in strawberries is useful in removing discoloration.
Before going to bed at night, occasionally rub some orange peel on your teeth. It is thought that the calcium and vitamin C in the peel will fight any damaging microorganisms.
You can use a mouthwash containing a small amount of hydrogen peroxide. You can also mix a tiny amount of hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to make a paste.
Gently brush your teeth with this. Later on, remember to brush your teeth with a regular toothpaste. You should be aware that hydrogen peroxide can cause irritation of the gums and tooth sensitivity.
White kaolin clay is the most effective type of clay to use for whitening your teeth. Clay is useful because while it isn’t very abrasive, it polishes well. It is effective in removing stains.
While turmeric can stain things yellow, it’s believed to have an overall whitening effect on the teeth. Put a little bit of turmeric in your toothpaste and brush. After that, rinse your mouth with water and brush thoroughly with plain toothpaste.
Eating apples on a daily basis can help to whiten and brighten your teeth. It is believed to be the ascorbic acid in apples that makes them effective in this way. The vitamin C in apples is beneficial to overall health.
Floss more often
Flossing is not only essential to overall oral health, it can also help to remove any yellow substances between the teeth.
Eating crunchy vegetables such as celery and carrots can help to brighten the teeth. This is because their mild abrasiveness can help to address stains and plaque.
Eating burnt toast can help remove stains from your teeth. This is because the charcoal that forms on burnt toast is abrasive.
This abrasiveness means that you should stick to eating burnt toast only on an occasional basis. Having it too often can lead to damaged enamel.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a natural gum-tooth cleanser with excellent antibacterial properties. It’s believed to be able to help remove stains on the teeth, such as those caused by smoking and coffee.
The acetic acid, enzymes, magnesium, and potassium in apple cider vinegar contribute to its useful qualities. It can help to promote the presence of “good” (probiotic”) bacteria in the mouth.
It’s the acidity of apple cider vinegar that makes it effective in removing stains. It should only be used occasionally, as this acidity could eventually damage enamel.
To use apple cider vinegar, rub it into your teeth with your finger. Afterwards, make sure to brush your teeth with regular toothpaste and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain that is thought to be able to whiten teeth. It’s unknown whether pineapple can remove stains, but you can try it to test its brightening effects. Don’t overdo it, though, as the acidity of fruits generally can eventually damage tooth enamel.
Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet
Too much sugar promotes the growth of Streptococcus mutans, a bacteria that leads to plaque and gingivitis. Make sure to brush your teeth as quickly as possible after consuming sugary foods.
Consume more calcium
Getting more calcium in your diet can help to strengthen the enamel, and stronger enamel is less likely to show the yellowish dentin underneath Some calcium-rich foods include broccoli, cheese, and milk.
Reduce stain-causing foods and beverages
Cut down on the amount of stain-causing foods and beverages you consume. Brush your teeth as quickly as possible after consuming these foods. Examples of foods and beverages that can cause stains include coffee, dark berries, soda, and red wine.
Activated charcoal is created by processing charcoal with calcium chloride and oxygen. It is very absorptive, making it effective in tooth whitening and brightening.
It’s especially effective in the absorption of tannins (compounds that are found in wine, tea, coffee, and some other tooth-staining substances).
To use activated charcoal on your teeth, put a tiny amount on a toothbrush and brush your teeth. You must use a food-grade variety activated charcoal.
Basil leaves and mustard oil
Crush some dried basil leaves and mix them with mustard oil to make a paste. The basil leaves will have a mildly abrasive quality, and the mustard oil has useful antibacterial qualities. Brush your teeth with this mixture to brighten your smile.
Cut up a banana peel. Rub the inside of one small piece on your teeth. You should do this for about two minutes. Use lukewarm water to rinse your mouth.
You can do this on a daily basis, or every other day until you see a brighter smile. It’s the potassium and manganese in banana peel that are believed to be effective in whitening teeth.
Use your fingers to rub a bit of coconut oil on your teeth. Use water to rinse your mouth, and then brush your teeth. You can do this every morning. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which can fight bacteria that causes plaque on the teeth.
You’ll need four or five neem leaves and one and a half cups of water. Immerse the leaves in warm water, and then boil them on the stove for a few minutes.
Once it’s cool enough, strain the liquid and let it continue to cool down until it’s lukewarm in temperature. You can gargle with this before or after brushing your teeth.
Neem has astringent properties. If you use it regularly, it can help keep your teeth and gums healthy, and reduce the incidence of stains.
You’ll need one tablespoon of sesame oil. Slowly swish the oil around your mouth for about 20 minutes. Make sure not to swallow any of the oil.
Spit the oil out and use water to rinse your mouth. If you want, you can add a tiny bit of Himalayan salt to the rinse water. Brush your teeth as usual with toothpaste. It’s believed that sesame oil can help fight dental plaque as well as straining.
You’ll need one or two guava leaves. Crush the leaves to achieve a coarse paste, and rub this on your teeth. Leave it on for about a minute, and then rinse your mouth.
Brush your teeth with toothpaste, as usual. Do this every other day. Guava leaves can help with plaque, gum swelling, and infections. They contain phenols and flavonoids that can help to counteract stress that can lead to staining.
There’s no need to worry about your yellow teeth! There are many remedies that you can use at home to help whiten and brighten your smile, including a number of essential oils.
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