imyeyes-banner-sqIn My EyesBy Edward B. Antonio

Get rid of those yellow teeth

When I was in the elementary grades, my bully friends would call Jeanette (not her real name) “Yellow Teeth.” Jeanette had a protruding mouth with her front teeth almost always visible. She was dark and her hair was divided at the center, slightly tangled with lots of split ends. Was she combing her hair or what?

Indeed, Jeanette had yellow teeth, fellas. Her two upper front teeth were big and yellowish as they were always protruding out.

“Full of dikki!” Dadong would scream.

“Yellow Teeth!” Nestor would follow up.

Although she was Best in Spelling in class, her “Yellow Teeth” moniker by the bullies remained her name until one day, she cried her heart out. She was so depressed she did not come to school the following day.

I took pity on Jeanette and so, off I went to our adviser’s office to report the matter. The bullies were reprimanded and when Raul discovered I was the traitor of the group, he confronted me to the extent that we ended up in a boxing match that would drag on for days until both of us were brought to the Guidance Counselor’s office.

But this would be another story, fellas.

You see, during those days, a tooth paste was a luxury. And when the there was no tooth paste, we would resort to brushing our teeth with table salt, which I used to do, too, way back then.

Jeanette admitted she used table salt to brush her teeth and it was not that effective. When I was using it myself, I had these two dark stains on my two front teeth. They were only removed when my mother bought a new tooth paste.

Jeanette would thank me to the heavens for saving her from the bullies the rest of the school year. We went on to spend our high school days together until I went to MMSU after graduation. She did not go to college, instead, she was employed by her mother’s boss at the gasoline station. By that time, she no longer had those yellow teeth, perhaps, she had discovered something to whiten her teeth.

What causes yellow teeth, fellas?

Teeth are naturally white because they are covered by a fine layer of enamel that contains calcium. Over time, a thinning of the enamel layer results in teeth that appear yellower in color. Plaque is a colorless substance and a buildup of plaque can lead to stains on your teeth. So removing the plaque could also help to get rid of yellow stains on the teeth.

Doctors report that plaque forms on the teeth due to bacteria from starches and sugars. If plaque builds up, it forms into tartar which is a hard, discolored substance that is difficult to remove. Tartar can cause yellow to brown staining on the teeth and can lead to gum disease. A study published in 2015 found that the color of teeth is also affected by age. This can result in teeth that gradually become gray to yellow in color. In fact, the color of teeth allows forensic experts to estimate the age of a person where there are no birth records available.

Apart from the age process darkening teeth, there are a number of other reasons why you may look for home remedies for yellow teeth. Foods such as coffee, tea, dark juices and sodas can all result in a loss of whiteness on your teeth. A study from 2012 found that the soft materials leading to plaque formation are affected by the colorants in food more quickly and undergo color changes. This effect can also cause the plaque buildup to have a yellowish color on teeth.

   One of the most effective way to whiten yellow teeth is the ordinary baking soda. Baking soda whitens teeth because its grainy texture and antimicrobial properties help remove stains from teeth. Baking soda also gets rid of bacteria from your mouth which freshens your breath. Baking soda is a natural ingredient in many tooth-whitening toothpastes. You can easily and safely use baking soda as a cheap way to clean yellow teeth.

A 2017 review of the benefits of using baking soda in dental care found that it is an effective stain remover. Various studies have shown that baking soda helps whiten teeth by helping to remove yellow coloring from teeth. Baking soda whitened teeth more effectively than other “tooth-whitening” products.

One study found that a whitening toothpaste containing 65% baking soda led to significantly whiter teeth.

You can easily make your own paste to remove stains from teeth by mixing some baking soda and water into a thick paste. Brush your teeth with the baking soda every two days to whiten your teeth.You can also find out how to use baking soda to treat symptoms of acid reflux. This is also important in keeping your teeth pearly white. Acidic juices from your stomach can cause yellowing of teeth and weaken tooth enamel.

Some people also use the teeth-whitening properties of baking soda along with lemon juice to help get stains off teeth.

Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with the juice of ½ a lemon to create a lemon and baking soda teeth whitening paste. Use the natural paste not more than once a week to help gradually remove stains from teeth, including removing nicotine stains.

Another way to get rid of yellow teeth and to make them brighter is to combine hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.

Hydrogen peroxide may help to get rid of tobacco stains from teeth or yellow stains caused by drinking coffee. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleaching agent that can help to make teeth whiter.

A study published in the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry found that 3% hydrogen peroxide can help to whiten teeth. In the study, a commercially-produced gel containing food grade 3% hydrogen peroxide helped brighten teeth over a 6-month period. If you want to make your own cheap teeth whitening paste at home, it is important to use a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide. Some studies show that high concentrations of this natural bleaching substance can damage tooth enamel.

Some scientific research has suggested that you can use baking soda together with 3% hydrogen peroxide to naturally whiten your teeth. One commercially-available toothpaste containing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide removed tooth stains and whitened teeth naturally.

Another way to help reduce bacteria in your mouth and scrub surface stains from teeth is to use coconut oil. One study into the antimicrobial properties of coconut oil found that it helps kill off Streptococcus mutans bacteria. This is the strain of bacteria responsible for tooth decay. Researchers found that applying coconut oil to teeth and gums helped to prevent plaque buildup and maintain good oral health. Coconut oil along with baking soda can create an anti-plaque toothpaste that helps buff away yellow stains from teeth. You can make a larger batch of natural coconut oil toothpaste to help keep your teeth clean and free from bacteria.

Mix together 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Add 2 drops of peppermint oil if you want to give the whitening toothpaste a fresh scent. Use morning and evening to clean your teeth and prevent unsightly yellow stains from forming on your teeth.

Here are some pieces of advice to avoid having those yellow teeth, fellas.

Reduce your consumption of dark drinks. Doctors from the Cleveland Clinic report that coffee, colas and red wine can discolor teeth. Stop smoking. A survey involving over 3,000 individuals found that smoking resulted in significant discoloration of teeth. Other studies confirm that giving up smoking can help to improve the look of teeth, resulting in less staining and a whiter appearance. Don’t consume too much vivid-colored spices. Some spices such as turmeric, paprika and curry can lead to yellowing of teeth over time.

Yellow teeth would then only a thing of the past.