Creating A More Beautiful Smile

How To Whiten Light And Deep Dental Stains

There multiple ways to correct dental discoloration. If you suffer from teeth that are yellowed or darkened, there are ways improve the look of your teeth. Here are a few ways to correct dental discoloration based on the degree of darkening from which you suffer:

Light Dental Staining

Light dental staining can be improved by natural methods as well as by teeth-whitening toothpaste. 

Baking Soda and Peroxide

Baking soda and peroxide can be mixed to form a paste that can whiten your teeth. The baking soda is an alkaline powder that is mildly abrasive. It works as a gentle tooth polisher. The hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleaching agent that can kill the germs within your mouth as well as help bleach way mild staining. Still, the concentration of peroxide in an over-the-counter solution is only three percent. Thus, it is not as strong as the concentrations in professional whitening applications.

To use baking soda and peroxide, simply combine to form a loose paste and brush with the mixture.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can help dilute oil-based stains for easy removal from the teeth. In addition, coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial so it can be used to help improve your overall dental health. To use the oil, simply add it to the bristles of your toothbrush and brush as normal.


Turmeric is a natural teeth whitener. However, the powder will stain the bristles of your toothbrush if left in contact with them for a prolonged period. However, turmeric does not stain tooth enamel. Instead, it polishes away dental stains. In addition, turmeric offers anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory benefits for your dental health.

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste can also be used to help rid your teeth of stains. The toothpaste contains mild abrasives just as traditional toothpaste does. However, it may also include additional whitening ingredients, such as baking soda or peroxide.

Deep Dental Staining

Years of eating deeply pigmented foods and beverages can cause your teeth to become darkened or discolored. In addition, repeated exposure to the pigments in tobacco can also deeply stain teeth. In-office teeth whitening applications can be applied by your dentist to whiten your teeth. These applications use peroxide-based gels and special lighting that intensifies the effects of the whitening solution. The color of the teeth can be lightened several shades during a single whitening application.

If you are interested in learning more ways to whiten your teeth, contact a dentist in your area like Scott Brenner, DDS.