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What Causes Teeth Discoloration?
Our teeth start their life white as snow but throughout our lifetime, they are exposed repeatedly to different staining elements. For example every cup of coffee and tea contains substances that can stain our teeth. And there are many others. Even liquid supplements containing iron and antibiotics have chromogenic agents that can darken our teeth. The aging process also darkens our teeth as the enameled surface gets thinner and more translucent, gradually exposing the darker interior layer called dentin. 
Although there are dental procedures that cause to whiten back our supposedly pearly whites, they can be troublesome to our pockets. Others resort to teeth bleaches and whitening toothpastes sold over the counter, however there are items in our home that can help our teeth’s whiteness without spending a fortune on dental professional whitening procedures.
10 Natural Methods to Bring Back the White in our Teeth
1. Bleach Your Teeth with Strawberries – An enzyme present in strawberries called malic acid, an essential ingredient in several whitening toothpastes.  Eat strawberries on a regular basis; slowly munching up the fruits to mash the fruit juices well with your teeth. Or better yet, cut up the fruit in two and stroke the other half along the teeth before eating. Experts also claim that the fibers present in strawberries act like an organic wiper, eliminating bad microorganisms present in the entire oral cavity. Just remember to brush your teeth right having your strawberry teeth bleach because the fruit contains glucose and acids that might pose a risk of tooth decay.
2. A Carrot a Day Keeps the Plaque Away – Carrots are good for eyes and also for your teeth. Rich in Vitamin C, this carotene-packed vegetable helps prevent the occurrence of periodontal conditions such as gingivitis. The fibrous nature of carrots acts like a natural stain remover because it helps clean the surfaces and hinder accumulation of plaque.  Carrots are not as acidic as other vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables, thereby allowing you to eat as many sticks as you want.
3. Fill Your Fridge with Citrus Fruits – Pineapples and oranges increase saliva production, which help wash the teeth and the entire oral cavity clean. Meanwhile, lemons have natural bleaching properties.  It has been used as a whitening skin agent for years and years, and the same benefit will be achieved if lemons will be used in teeth. To help brighten up your yellow teeth, wash your teeth with a mixture of water and lemon in equal parts 2-3 times a week. Never go in full strength with lemons because it is highly acidic, thus the potential damage is high when used excessively.
4. Hydrogen Peroxide – If you were to look at the ingredients list of the commonly-found teeth whitening strips, you will find that the active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. A 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide is considered safe for oral use. Typical method – 2 tablespoons (30ml) of hydrogen peroxide can be swished around the mouth for around 1 minute as a mouthwash. Rinse thoroughly. 2 teaspoons of peroxide can also be mixed with 3 teaspoons of baking soda to form a paste which can be used as toothpaste once a week. 
5. Baking Soda is Your Best Friend – Ever noticed that baking soda is present in the majority of whitening toothpastes? This is because baking soda is an amazing kitchen item that does everything, from neutralizing the acid level of teeth to eliminating the discolorations accumulated over time of consuming caffeine.  Experts agree that baking soda is one the most powerful, safest and cheapest whitening element available in the market. You can apply it on top of your toothpaste or brush it alone- cleansing and whitening as you scrub a tiny spread on your discolored enamels. Brush baking soda like you normally brush your teeth maximum of 3x a week. The key is consistency.
6. Practice Drinking From a Straw – Anything that has caffeine has the capacity to stain your teeth. Red wines are also capable of leaving unwanted stains on your beloved enamels. From coffee to cocktails, we are exposing our teeth to chromogenic elements. We can avoid the contact by drinking from a straw. Looks childish? We think having stained teeth sounds more shameful.
7. Don’t Smoke – Kind of obvious this one, but tobacco smoking is a sure short-cut to yellowed teeth.
8. Fill Your Plate With Fresh Crunchy Foods – Apart from filling our satiety, crunchy foods (without sugar of course!) act like nature’s version of mechanical toothbrush. The act of munching removes away the particles tucked in secret planes inside the oral cavity.  The act of chewing also assists in scrubbing exterior blotches that varnished the teeth.
9. Back to Basics: Brush, Floss and Gargle – There is no excuse acceptable as to why one should not brush their teeth regularly (unless specifically instructed otherwise by the dentist i.e. for bleeding gums, etc.) Tooth brushing should be part of everyone’s lifestyle, and it must be inculcated from the moment you had your first tooth. Remember to brush your teeth with gentle strokes every after meal using a soft-bristled brush with a strip of mild toothpaste, followed by flossing and gargling / swishing. Flossing takes away the stubborn particles lodge in between teeth meanwhile gargling refreshes the entire oral cavity with anti-bacterial elements. It won’t hurt to carry a box of toothpicks also – especially the tea-tree variety, as these can clean the teeth to a certain extent and may have some antibacterial action.
10. Rinse Your Mouth After Eating/Drinking – The importance of rinsing your oral cavity with water every after eating and drinking is that the remnants remained inside will be flushed out, thereby preventing further attempt discoloration.  Learning this principle, we expect that you now pledge to rinse your mouth the moment you are done with your morning coffee. Rinsing is not an elaborate step; all you have to do is swish drinking water inside your oral cavity before swallowing in or spitting it out.
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 “Hydrogen peroxide.” Household Chemicals. Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 July 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_peroxide
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