How was your weekend, I do hope it was splendid. I spent the better part of mine on the road shuttling between Lagos and its surburbs but thanks be to God for his journey mercies. Ok so how was that wedding you attended, the funeral nko, or was it a birthday bash? Please do remember to tell me all about it in the comment box.
Today I have good news for you and am sure most of you guys would send me cake and ‘thank you’ gifts after reading this. One way or the other, majority numbers of human lives with dented teeth as a result of some factors I will highlight below while only few people have been able to maintain a sparkling white dentition. As a matter of fact, study shows that 72% of of everyone above 40 years of age in Nigeria has a coloured teeth or brown teeth as my mummy do call it.
While growing up, I still remember how I suck up the toothpaste on my toothbrush and just rinse my mouth only to be discovered by my mum that I did not actually brush my teeth. These pranks are not uncommon in the southwestern kids but the story is the same in other region as well, especially in the North. That was the beginning of our journey into the yellow land.
Why do teeth get yellow?
To figure out how to whiten our teeth, we have to know why they get yellow in the first place. There are several factors that play a part, including genetics, what kind of food and drink
you consume, and how well you practice oral hygiene. A tooth is made up of 4 tissues-enamel, which is the strong white covering that protects the tooth, dentin, which supports the enamel and is a hard yellow material that carries nerves,
pulp ……. (Read More On the Credit Link). In summary, the food we eat, genetics and other bio factors contribute to the coloring of our dear teeth. So quickly let’s look at the home remedies.
1. Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Paste
Baking Soda isn’t a shocker here. Sodium bicarbonate (its official name) is mildly abrasive; gently scrubbing away surface stains to return teeth to a whiter shade..
You will need…
-Several teaspoons of baking soda
-Enough lemon juice or water to form a paste
Mix several teaspoons of baking soda with
enough fresh lemon juice (or water) to make a
paste. Wipe your teeth and any extra saliva off of
them with a paper towel. Put a good amount of
paste onto your toothbrush and apply. Leave the
paste on for 1 minute, then rinse, so as to avoid
the acid effecting enamel. If you are using just
water you can leave it on for up to 3 minutes.
2. Strawberry, Salt and Baking Soda
Scrub Strawberries are high in Vitamin C, which can
help break-down plaque that is causing your teeth to look yellow. It also has an enzyme called malic acid, which may help to remove surface stains. The salt acts as an abrasive portion of the paste, physically scrubbing away stain-causing
gunk, and the baking soda is an extra touch that you can choose to leave out if you’d prefer (I just like to add it to anything involving my teeth.) You will need…
-1-3 large strawberries
-A pinch of seat salt
-1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (optional)
Mash the berries into a pulp, and add a pinch of sea salt and ½ teaspoon of baking soda, if you’re using it. Wipe any extra saliva off your teeth with a paper towel, and then apply a generous portion of the mixture to a toothbrush and
apply. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, then rinse. Do this nightly.
3. Coconut Oil Rinse
I know this sounds absolutely mad (I thought it was crazy too when I first read about it) but rinsing your mouth with coconut oil (called ‘oil pulling’) is a unique, old, remedy that people swear by to help whiten teeth. It doesn’t sound
like the most pleasant thing in the world, but I actually don’t mind the taste, and I think it does make a difference in the color of your teeth. It won’t make a difference by “bleaching” per say, but lauric acid in coconut oil can rid your teeth
of bacteria found in plaque that can make the yellow. It is also supposed to promote gum health, and help keep your breath fresh. You will need…-About a tablespoon of coconut oil
In the morning, before you brush your teeth,
scoop out a tablespoon or a little less (depending
on the size of your mouth) of coconut oil. You
can either soften it, or just put it in your mouth
(I usually do the latter, and just let it soften.)
Push, swish, and “pull” the oil through and
around your teeth for 10-15 minutes, then spit it
out, rinse with water, and brush your teeth.
P:S. Be careful with the brushing of your teeth else you end up causing more damage.
Let me know what you think afterwards.
Do have a blessed week ahead. MuchLoves.
Scent Nooni 😛