How to Get Rid of Yellow Teeth

Two Methods:Cleaning Yellow TeethTrying Chemical Treatments

Everyone should expect some yellowing of teeth over time. As the white enamel on teeth wears off, it exposes a layer of yellow dentin underneath. Some whitening products can increase tooth sensitivity and remove remaining enamel, so try the less abrasive methods first before trying chemical solutions to rid teeth of their yellow tinge.

Method 1
Cleaning Yellow Teeth

  1. 1
    Purchase a rotating/oscillating toothbrush in place of a regular toothbrush. They have been shown to significantly reduce stains on teeth more effectively than a manual brush.[1]
  2. 2
    Schedule a dental cleaning. Dentists use abrasive agents, dental picks and polishing to remove stains. Some of the yellowing or browning of teeth may be caused by tartar, which is only effectively removed with deep dental cleaning.
    • Doctors suggest a cleaning every six months to remove stains and protect teeth and gums.
  3. 3
    Limit your intake of foods that stain. The main culprits are coffee, tea, juices, soft drinks and sports drinks. If you must drink them use a straw.
    • Rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth immediately after drinking these beverages if you continue to drink them daily, or they will counteract the work you are doing to whiten teeth.
    • Also, avoid smoking, which can cause permanent staining.
  4. 4
    Make an all natural cleaning and whitening paste with baking soda. Mix two tsp. of baking soda with enough water to form a paste. Dip a manual toothbrush in the paste and brush it in a circular motion on all your teeth.
    • Dip the toothbrush in the paste several times throughout the process.
    • Repeat this method at least once a week, or up to three times per week.
    • Replace the water with lemon juice for extra whitening power. Rinse your mouth afterward to get rid of residual acid.[2]

Method 2
Trying Chemical Treatments

  1. 1
    Rinse your mouth several times per week with hydrogen peroxide. This chemical is a mild bleaching agent and it is usually part of home first aid kits. Swish it around in your mouth for at least 30 second.
    • Ensure you don’t swallow hydrogen peroxide. This method should not be used with children.
  2. 2
    Purchase whitening toothpaste. If you have any concerns about tooth or gum sensitivity, be sure to buy toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Use the whitening toothpaste for six weeks.
    • Prolonged use of whitening toothpaste can erode tooth enamel, causing the yellow dentin to be exposed.[3]
  3. 3
    Try home whitening strips to bleach your teeth. Apply them to your teeth for at least a week. The results can last up to a year.
  4. 4
    Invest in a tooth-whitening kit with carbamide peroxide. These kits can cost $30 to $200, but they are so powerful, they can even lighten your natural tooth color in addition to removing stains.
    • Avoid using too many tooth-whitening kits, as they can also damage tooth enamel with long-term use.
  5. 5
    Purchase and schedule dental whitening. These treatments usually involve several appointments and can cost as much as $1,000. They will remove stains and they can make your teeth several shades whiter than your natural color.


  • Bleach-based treatments will not whiten veneers, bonding, fillings, crowns and bridges. Previous dental work may stand out against your newly whitened teeth.

Things You'll Need

  • Oscillating/rotating toothbrush
  • Dental cleaning
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Lemon juice
  • Manual toothbrush
  • Straw
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Whitening strips
  • Tooth-whitening kits
  • Professional tooth whitening

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Categories: Teeth and Mouth