You might be a smoker, or a black coffee lover, for some people tooth discolouration can be an issue that affects their self-confidence, which is never a good thing. There are quite a few old wives’ remedies that claim to whiten and clean the teeth. Some of which we will examine in this article, while we also take a look at cutting edge treatment for teeth whitening.

Oil Pulling

This is an ancient Indian teeth cleaning remedy that has enjoyed a revival. Swish some coconut oil around in your mouth, using your face muscles to ‘force’ the liquid between your teeth. Like most things, the more you oil pull, the more effective it is. Doing it for 10-15 minutes is recommended. Coconut oil is high is lauric acid, which kills bacteria. However, do take note that there’s no hard and fast evidence that oil pulling works. Still, many are of the opinion it does. Try it and see! Sesame or sunflower oil can also be used, although most people prefer coconut oil as it has many amazing health benefits and can be applied on the skin.

Cutting Edge Laser Teeth Whitening

The best way to whiten your smile, laser teeth whitening offers long-lasting results. With a cosmetic dentist, you are in good hands. We don’t recommend using the over the counter at home teeth whitening kits. They contain hydrogen peroxide, which must be handled with care, plus the dental method uses a higher grade of hydrogen peroxide, which is activated by a special laser. The best approach is to book an appointment with a leading cosmetic dentist, one that offers laser teeth whitening treatment. The dentist can show you the shades of whiteness that are achievable and once an agreement is reached, the dentist can schedule your first session.

Deep Clean

Prior to having laser teeth whitening treatment, the dentist usually recommends a deep clean, which is carried out by the resident hygienist. Plaque builds up on the tooth enamel. If it is removed prior to the whitening process, the outcome is better.

Baking Soda

Brushing with baking soda used to be a common practice, especially among smokers. This mild abrasive can remove plaque and stains, but you should brush lightly. It isn’t a question of the harder you brush, the whiter your teeth. It’s the excessive use that can erode the tooth enamel. Some toothpastes have minute amounts of baking soda, which acts as an abrasive. Many dentists would not recommend using baking soda, rather they would give you a list of best oral hygiene practices and ask you to have twice-yearly check-ups.

Fresh Fruit & Vegetables

The acids in fruit and some vegetables kills off the bacteria that feed plaque and tartar. Crunchy apples can really clean the tooth enamel and you know what they say, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’.

If you would like to know more about laser teeth whitening, search online for a local cosmetic dentist that offers Zoom Laser treatment. This treatment offers the best possible results for an affordable price.

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