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Cheap, at-home solutions for discolored teeth
Updated: 2/14/2011 7:00:10 PM

How to use household items to get whiter teeth Teeth whitening or bleaching can be done by a dentist, or with an over-the-counter kit available at many drugstores, but for less-serious cases of yellow or discolored teeth, there are a few tricks anyone can try at home.

Food and drinks such as coffee, red wine and blueberries can cause teeth to stain. Also, children who may have neglected their dental hygiene in earlier years may have eroded the enamel on their teeth, causing them to appear discolored.

Some toothpastes contain baking soda, but for a more concentrated treatment, dissolve the ingredient in a cup of water and use the mixture to brush your teeth with your normal toothbrush. Doing so two or three times per week should result in whiter teeth, according to

The site also suggests using a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide as mouthwash, along with scrubbing teeth with an acidic lemon slice.

Having good dental health can affect how an individual is viewed by society. In 2008, the American Dental Association (ADA) conducted a survey, along with Crest and Oral-B, which found that 73 percent of respondents believed that yellow teeth ruin a person’s smile, and that 23 percent avoid eating or drinking substances that stain their teeth.

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