If you have yellow or stained teeth, there are natural measures you can take to help them look whiter. Here are a few:

Baking Soda and Peroxide

Baking and hydrogen peroxide can be mixed together to form an effective teeth-whitening mixture. The mildly abrasive texture of the baking soda and the bleaching power of the hydrogen peroxide help remove surface stains from the tooth enamel.

Still, it is best not to use the mixture daily, especially if the paste is thick with baking soda. The abrasive texture of the powder can eventually erode your tooth enamel if you use it too often or brush with it too vigorously.


Turmeric can also be used to brighten teeth. The deep yellow hue of the spice may cause you to shy away from using it as a teeth whitener. However, the spice won't stain your tooth enamel. In fact, it has the opposite effect. 

Turmeric helps polish away stains, You can use it by moistening the bristles of your toothbrush and dipping them directly into the Indian spice. As an added benefit, turmeric is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, so it can kill oral bacteria and soothe sensitive gums.

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling, which also has its origins in Indian culture, can be used to naturally whiten the teeth. To use this ancient remedy, place a comfortable amount of edible oil in your mouth, usually about a tablespoon, and move it about the oral cavity as you would with mouth wash. Continue until you feel the need to spit. Then release the oil into a trash can. 

As the oil touches the surfaces inside your mouth, it traps the oral bacteria that reside there. The longer you swish, the more bacteria are trapped. When the oil is discarded, the trapped bacteria are also eliminated. 

Yellowing plaque, which is a combination of oral bacteria and food particles, can be removed by oil pulling. In addition, stains from highly pigmented foods are often oil-based and can be diluted by the oil. 

After oil pulling, you should brush your teeth in the normal manner. 

Natural teeth whiteners may be effective to a degree. However, they will not remove deep stains or stains that are permanent, such as those from a congenital condition. Still, there are cosmetic dentistry applications to help, such as professional whitening treatments and veneers. Even teeth with stains that are impossible to remove can be made to look perfectly white with veneers. To learn more ways that cosmetic dental treatments can improve the look of your teeth, contact office of a cosmetic dentist in your area for an appointment.