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