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How To Get Whiter Teeth
A smile is the first thing people notice on a person when they meet. One of the major parts of a smile is teeth and thus the colour of teeth affects the smile’s quality. While the natural colour of teeth is white, discolouration is common and is caused by various factors. Discolouration can vary from yellow to brown. At its worst, the teeth turn to black.
Types of Teeth Discolouration
There are three types of teeth discolouration: intrinsic, extrinsic and age-related. Among the three, intrinsic discoloration is the most common.
Extrinsic Teeth Discolouration
The outer part of teeth is called the enamel. It is white in colour and protects the inner parts of teeth. People eat different kinds of food which stain the enamel. While all kinds of foods can cause teeth to lose its natural colour, some food are known to cause more discolouration than others. This kind discolouration is called Extrinsic Teeth Discoloration and affects the outer part surface of teeth: enamel.
Intrinsic Teeth Discolouration
The inner part of teeth which is covered by the enamel is called the dentin. At times, the dentin darkens in colour or gets a yellow tint. This kind of discoloration that affects the dentin is referred to as intrinsic discolouration.
With aging, all parts of the body lose shape, pigmentation and elasticity. As you become old, teeth lose not only colour but also become loose and fragile. Age-related discolouration is caused by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. As a result, both dentin and enamel become yellow or black.
Symptoms of Teeth Discolouration
There are no special tests needed to know your teeth are not as white as they should be. You will notice general yellowness or brown to black spots on teeth. More often than not, your friends and family will have commented about the same. In serious cases, the enamel is worn-out and yellowness can be seen on the dentin.
Why Teeth lose Whiteness
The reasons why teeth lose the natural white colour can be classified into extrinsic and intrinsic factors. Age-related discolouration, as pointed out earlier, is due to both extrinsic and intrinsic factors.
Extrinsic Causes of teeth Discoloration
Food: All kinds of food will cause teeth to discolour. However, the most common culprits include:
- Tea and coffee: these two beverages not only erode the teeth surface but also cause discolouration. You should therefore avoid tea and coffee especially the darker varieties. If you have to take tea or coffee then you need to rinse or wash your mouth soon after drinking.
- Sauces and other food additives.
- Sodas, energy drinks and other kinds of juices.
- Wines especially red wine contains chromogens and tannins which are notorious for causing staining on teeth.
- All kinds of berries.
- Candies and sweets.
Extrinsic causes of Teeth staining that are not foods:
- Tobacco smoking and chewing.
- Poor dental hygiene.
Intrinsic Causes of teeth Discoloration
- Diseases that affect the tooth surface or the gums.
- Drugs used to treat other diseases in the body such as tetracycline and doxycycline.
- High fluoride levels in water.
- Trauma on teeth.
Teeth Whitening Remedies
However careful you may be to avoid teeth darkening, teeth will still darken from time to time. This is because you must eat and all food contains staining agents. Different foods vary in the level and rapidity of the staining they cause.
Mint Teeth Whitening Kit: How It Works
Mint Teeth Whitening works based on a simple and straightforward principle. The main active ingredient, Sodium Bicarbonate (NaHCo3), is an oxidising agent (gives off oxygen). Sodium Bicarbonate breaks down into water (H2O), oxygen (o2) and sodium carbonate (NaCo2) when it comes in contact with water. It is this free oxygen which whitens teeth. Most of the agents that cause teeth discolouration accept oxygen molecules and decompose resulting in teeth whiteness.
Mint Teeth Whitening Kit Versus Dentist’s whitening Kit
The two kinds of products are similar in the way they work. As pointed out above, most stains found on teeth can accept oxygen molecules which make the staining compound to decompose. In simple terms, both products work on the oxidising principle. However, the dental kit be applied by a dentist and therefore comes with service as an extra cost. With the home Mint Teeth Whitening Kit, you do it yourself. You must follow all the instructions in order to get the best results.
Most at times, you will begin to see your teeth become whiter in just a few days of using the Mint Teeth Whitening Kit. How soon you observe the results depends on the extent of the staining. The deeper the stain, the longer the results will take to be seen. You must finish the whole treatment course and follow all instructions for best results.
Benefits of Using Mint Teeth Whitening Kit
- It is fast acting and the kit only needs to be worn for 30 minutes in a day.
- After whitening with Mint Teeth Whitening Kit the results can last for up to 2 years.
- It is cheaper as the cost of labour is not included like in the dentist’s kit; you do it yourself for up to 30 minutes a day.
- All the ingredients plus the by-products – water and sodium carbonate – are safe on your health.
How to Maintain Your Teeth White after Using Mint Teeth Whitening Kit
Ideally, you need to avoid the foods listed above that cause teeth darkening. Beverages such as tea, coffee, and wine need to be taken in moderation. In addition, you need to rinse or wash your mouth after drinking culprit drinks.
General oral care procedures such as flossing and brushing teeth should be done regularly. This procedures help to remove the food particles on teeth. The longer food and drinks remain on teeth, the more harm they cause.
You should try to drink sodas and other carbonated drinks using a straw. It reduces contact with teeth as it directs the drink to the throat for swallowing.
Mint Teeth Whitening Kit: Safety
Mint Teeth Whitening Kit is safe for use. However, pregnant women should avoid using any teeth whitening products. It is important to read and follow manufacturer’s instructions before using the product.
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