Here’s the thing. There’s the normal yellowing of the teeth due to tartar and plaque build-up, and then there are the more potent stains, which are the remnants of coffee, wine, nicotine and food coloring; they are far tougher to remove. Often times, it’s your front teeth (or incisors) that tend to have the most discoloration, as they serve as the gateway to your mouth and are the first point of contact for everything you ingest. Quite horrible looking, isn’t it, to have a yellow-brownish hue on your visible pearly whites?
Well, lucky then that there’s an extremely simple fix to the problem.
All you need are these two kitchen ingredients:
- Juice from 1/4 lemon
- 2tbsp apple cider vinegar
Mix the ingredients and immerse your toothbrush into the solution to soak it all in. Then, brush your teeth as you would normally, with the saturated bristles. Rinse thoroughly, and that’s all there is to it!
How It Works:
Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C; it also contains a volatile oil made up of compounds called limonoids. But, the main magic lies within the citric acid, which is a bleaching agent. That’s what really gets rid of the stains on your teeth.
Apple cider vinegar is also a cleansing agent, which complements the lemon juice. However, it can damage the enamel in its purest form. It should be diluted with another ingredient, which in this case is the lemon juice. It gets rid of dental bacteria and protects the gums.
Make note that both lemon and apple cider vinegar are highly acidic, so you need to use the mix just once a week.