How to Remove Smoke Stains on the Teeth

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Cigarette smoking stains teeth.
Cigarette smoking stains teeth. (Image: 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.

Things You'll Need

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

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

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.

An electric, or battery-operated, toothbrush removes plaque faster than a manual toothbrush.
An electric, or battery-operated, toothbrush removes plaque faster than a manual toothbrush. (Image: electric toothbrush image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

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.

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

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.

At-home whitening strips remove stains from teeth.
At-home whitening strips remove stains from teeth. (Image: young beauty woman in red hat with white blank in teeth image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from Fotolia.com)

Tips & 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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