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How To Remove Stains From Your Front Teeth - (Easily, and For Free!)

Updated on January 11, 2014

Sometimes our front teeth get stained, usually from tea or coffee. Those brown marks that say to the world, "Yes, I like my coffee black".

I usually get the dentist to remove them, but after walking around with them for quite a long stretch while waiting for my dentist's appointment, I've discovered just how easy it is to do this myself.

This is probably going to be quite a short hub, because it really doesn't take long, and it's very easy. Laughably easy!

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Don't scare me with your white teeth..

I'm not into teeth whitening. I duck for cover when someone opens their mouth and unnatural creepy sunlight blares out and threatens to blind me.

It looks strange, and I'm scared of the chemicals. And I'm British - we don't do that so much here.

Actually our dental hygiene isn't as bad as you might think from reading newspapers - we have six-monthly dental appointments like in other countries. (Although maybe you might think it's strange that I would walk around for any length of time with brown stains on my front teeth. Well I think that reflects me rather than my culture - I've had a lot on recently, and I'm not all that fussed about my appearance..)

So anyway, I was just waiting for my six monthly appointment, hoping that the dentist would scrub off my tooth stains with her special extra-fast brush and mystery dentist toothpaste concoction. I've never had any luck with simple brushing at home, even brushing extra hard and very quickly.

However, at my appointment the dentist said that she didn't brush teeth any more! I would have to make an appointment with the hygienist, as that was her job now. I tried, but there weren't any appointments until after Christmas. I wasn't too disturbed about this, and I went about my day.

Then a few days later I had an idea that actually worked. Yay!

What a revolutionary idea

You know when you clean silver, you can use toothpaste? Well, maybe you didn't know that. If not, then try it.

You put the toothpaste on the silver item, just get a glob of it, and spread it around gently with your finger. When you've thinly covered the item you leave it on there for a couple of minutes, and then wash it away and rub it with a cloth.

This makes your silver item gleam and shine like you've never seen. I was amazed the first time I did it, and now I love making things shiny.

Well, my clever thought was this, "If it works for silver then maybe it will work for teeth!"

Actually, you're probably thinking, that's not really a very clever thought, because toothpaste is, after all, meant for teeth. In fact it's actually meant for teeth even more than it is for silver....?

Well yes. But when I brush my teeth I put the paste on the brush and then I use it to brush my teeth. Then it gets rinsed off with water. The paste doesn't actually stay on any one tooth for very long.

So I tried the same method as I use with my silver. I got some toothpaste and with my finger I spread it on my two top front teeth. It was difficult to leave it on there for any amount of time, and two minutes was a bit ambitious. For a start it's hard to keep your lip away from your front teeth, and also there's a question of saliva.

So I left it on for as long as it would stay there, maybe a minute or so. Then I took some tissue paper and I rubbed it off in circular movements. And most of the staining was gone! I did it again the next day and then I couldn't see any of the brown. I just had white teeth!

Some after-thoughts

Of course it's possible that leaving toothpaste on your teeth for longer than the usual time isn't good for your teeth. Maybe it damages the enamel somehow, I'm not sure. But I don't intend to do this very often. Just when I get stains, and that doesn't happen all that much.

I know that drinking tea and coffee without milk isn't helpful for my teeth, some staining is going to be inevitable. But I just hate milky drinks. And I am kind of addicted to black tea and coffee, and call me awkward but this is not an addiction that I'm happy to live without right now!

But I'm happy that removing these occasional stains is now so much easier. I might even share this tip with my hygienist in case she wants to pass it on to her other customers. Yep, remove stains on your teeth with toothpaste!


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      Linda Bryen 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Moon Daisy, this is a brilliant hub. Thank you for sharing your tip. I can't give up my coffee too. I just happen to like drinking coffee. Useful and interesting, voted up.

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      3 years ago

      Peroxide is the key. These days any toothpaste or mouthwash that says whitening on it most likely has peroxide in it (don't worry about your teeth turning "Hollywood White" - yes, that's an actually on the options list at the dentist!). Of course you could also go back to the old-timey method -particularly for stains- of dipping your brush in peroxide then dipping it in baking soda (main ingredient in most toothpastes); cheap & very effective. Doesn't taste good, but if i can deal with tequila for bad, i can deal with baking soda now & then for good.

      Don't swallow it (same as store bought), not harmful, just will make your inside feel bubbly for a bit.

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      Moon Daisy 

      4 years ago from London

      Hi Gordon, yes I'm with you on the black coffee. Espresso is my favourite kind of coffee. I drink black tea too, and I'm sure both of these must contribute to staining..

      I don't know if it will work on the scars that you have, but it would be really great if it did! Yes, please let me know.

      That's interesting what your dentist told you about not rinsing. I've been given similar advice because I have very sensitive teeth, and the dentist said to use Sensodyne and not rinse it off, so that the anti-sensitive formula has longer to work. But this does conflict with other advice not to swallow toothpaste.. Hmm, maybe I'll check this with the dentist next time.

      Thanks for your interesting comments.

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      Moon Daisy 

      4 years ago from London

      Thank you for reading my hub GetitScene, and for your nice comment.

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      Moon Daisy 

      4 years ago from London

      Thanks WiccanSage. Yes, I've read that you're not supposed to swallow it. (Or at least too much of it, since it's probably impossible not to swallow any). I thought I'd just add the disclaimer about leaving it on your teeth just in case, but it hasn't done my teeth any damage so far. I hope you try it.

      I like your username by the way. :)

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      This is a great tip and I'll need to try it. I drink far too much coffee, always very strong and always black but I have a problem with my two front upper teeth. Athough they are perfectly shaped, I had a pretty nasty accident as a young child which the dentist said damaged the "seeds" of my adult teeth, leaving them scarred inside. Wouldn't it be great if this removed those scars? Doubt it - but if it does, I'll let you know!

      Sorry - but additionally: I was once told by a dentist never to rinse my mouth after brushing my teeth. If you do, you're washing away the paste. If you don't rinse out your mouth, you're leaving the paste in your mouth to continue working until you next eat or drink.

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      Moon Daisy 

      4 years ago from London

      Yes fpherj48, I was talking about coffee today with a friend. She had just given it up for health reasons, and I wasn't sure I'd be able to do that.. I could give up other things, but coffee is my special treat, and it keeps me sane!

      I hope you do give this a try. And you make a good point about hygienists!

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      Moon Daisy 

      4 years ago from London

      Thanks for your comment LongTimeMother. I agree, it's always great to find useful uses for things already in your cupboard!

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      Moon Daisy 

      4 years ago from London

      lesliebyars, thanks for your comment and kind words. Spending $99 on the kit does sound a lot, although to be fair I don't know the normal price of these things.

      But then that was for whitening treatment which isn't the same. This toothpaste trick is really only to get rid of stains on a few teeth at a time, not to whiten your teeth. So I'm guessing that your kit is probably the best thing for you.

      I've tried this trick with normal supermarket fluoride toothpaste, and also with herbal toothpaste (without fluoride), from the healthfood shop. Both seemed to work well at removing stains.

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      Moon Daisy 

      4 years ago from London

      Hi Kathryn,

      Thanks for your comment, and glad you found it funny and useful! I didn't realise that there are toothpastes that you're supposed to leave on for a few minutes like this. So thanks for letting me know about that.

      Hmm, I think often companies try to sell us things that cost a lot because they know that we don't know that we can actually do it a lot cheaper... (Hope that makes sense, it sounded simpler in my head, lol!)

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      Moon Daisy 

      4 years ago from London

      Hi Nell, thanks so much for your comment. :)

      I was always tempted by pearl drops, but was a bit scared about just how white my teeth would end up! To be fair this toothpaste method doesn't whiten my teeth, it just removes staining. So no more brown marks.

      I'm interested, how did your teeth look after the pearl drops? And how long did they stay white?

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      Dale Anderson 

      4 years ago from The High Seas

      Good tip!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Hey, cool. I have to try that, what a clever idea. I don't know if toothpaste can damage your teeth, I do know that swallowing it is supposed to be the big concern. Grat hub, I will definitely do this.

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      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Moon Daisy......I'm with you! No way I'm giving up my coffee!! Goodness, NO!.....Thanks for the helpful tip. I'll give it a try for sure.

      You don't think your hygienist is going to spread any news that takes her customer's money away, now do you??! LOL!

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      4 years ago from Australia

      ROFL. What a brilliant hub. I loved it!! I'm not sure it is for free, exactly ... but if it saves you the cost of a visit to the hygienist, using what's already in the cupboard is an excellent idea. :)

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      4 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading your hub. After just having spent $99.00 on a whitening kit from the dentist, that wasn't a guarantee, your hub sparked my interest. I will certainly try this. Did you use a particular kind of toothpaste? Voted up and interesting!

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      4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Haha, this is a mixture of funny and useful! You know, there are actually special (and more expensive) pastes specifically meant for leaving on teeth for a few minutes. After reading this, I wonder if it isn't very similar to regular toothpaste? Hmm, I would like to try this, just to see. It would be funny to buy more expensive items if there is a simple solution such as this.

      Thanks for sharing this with us. I look forward to trying it.

      Have a wonderful week!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      lol! its funny that you should say that because I remember buying pearl drops from the chemist and using them, and also they came with a mouth guard, plastic and you put this toothpaste in the mouth guard, place it over your teeth and leave it for ten minutes, and yes it works! same difference I suppose! great tip though!


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