How to Remove Smoke Stains on the Teeth

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How to Remove Smoke Stains on the Teeth
Cigarette smoking stains teeth. (cigarette image by Tsvetomila Mitva from Fotolia.com)

The enamel of your teeth is porous material, much like a porcelain cup. When exposed to stain-making substances repeatedly, stains can build up on your teeth. One of the biggest enemies of a bright, white smile is smoking cigarettes. The tar and nicotine found in cigarettes turns teeth yellow with repeated exposure. Remove cigarette stains from teeth with at-home remedies so you can feel confident whenever you smile.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Bowl
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Electric toothbrush
  • Mouthwash
  • At-home whitening strips

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place 2 tsp baking soda in a bowl and add enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste the consistency of toothpaste.

  2. 2

    Dip the brush portion of an electric toothbrush in the baking soda and peroxide paste. Scrub your teeth with the paste. Rinse the brush frequently and add more tooth-whitening paste until you've brushed all your teeth.

    How to Remove Smoke Stains on the Teeth
    An electric, or battery-operated, toothbrush removes plaque faster than a manual toothbrush. (electric toothbrush image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Brush your teeth with the homemade paste three to four times a day, or as often as desired. The hydrogen peroxide helps to safely bleach cigarette stains from the teeth and the electric toothbrush removes plaque that acts as a stain magnet.

  4. 4

    Wash out your mouth with a plaque-reducing, antibacterial mouthwash.

  5. 5

    Apply at-home tooth-whitening strips twice per day or according to package directions. Whitening strips have a peroxide solution on them that stays in contact with the teeth longer. Prolonged exposure to the bleaching solution gradually whitens smoke-stained teeth over a period of a few days to two weeks.

    How to Remove Smoke Stains on the Teeth
    At-home whitening strips remove stains from teeth. (young beauty woman in red hat with white blank in teeth image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • See your dentist regularly for plaque removal and professional teeth-whitening.
  • Smoking stains the teeth, makes your breath stale and is bad for your health. The best solution is to quit smoking altogether.
  • Those with sensitive teeth may experience increased sensitivity after using at-home teeth whitening kits.

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