Brush your teeth gently two to three times daily and floss at least once per day. Use only a soft-bristled toothbrush. Hard toothbrushes may damage your gums. Another option is a powered toothbrush. Motorized toothbrushes may remove surface stains more effectively, suggests RxList.
Use a whitening toothpaste with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. Look for a product that lists baking soda and peroxide as ingredients.
Use an at-home, ADA-approved kit for tooth whitening. Some kits offer whitening strips you press on your teeth. Other kits offer tooth trays filled with whitening agents. Different brands will have different instructions. You may need to use the kit every night for a week or two.
Chew sugarless gum throughout the day. While this is not an obvious whitening solution, RxList points out that chewing gum stimulates the release of saliva, which helps remove stains. It neutralizes acid, thus fighting tooth decay.
Eat healthy foods that stimulate the production of extra saliva. These include carrots, pears, celery and apples.
Ask your dentist about professional whitening. A dentist can whiten your teeth with bleaching agents. Perhaps you are a candidate for laser whitening. The efficacy of these whitening treatments depends upon the severity of your stains, according to the ADA. If your stains are yellow, the treatment is likely to be effective. Brown stains may bleach less effectively.
Things You Will Need
- Powered toothbrush
- Whitening toothpaste
- Tooth whitening kit
- Sugarless gum
- Visit your dentist for checkups and cleanings at least twice per year.