How to Remove Gum Line Stains

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Stains on your gum line, although usually more difficult to see than other teeth stains, can be very bothersome and create an unsightly outline effect on your teeth. Stains on your teeth at the gum line can be caused by a variety of things, including coffee, soda and cigarettes. These stains will tend to build up as the result of not brushing on the gum line.

Things You'll Need

  • Toothbrush
  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Tooth whitening tray kit
  • Tooth whitening strips

Whitening Toothpaste

  • Apply the whitening toothpaste to the toothbrush. Brush vigorously but gently along the gum line.

  • Rinse the toothpaste out of your mouth with water.

  • Continue brushing with whitening toothpaste twice a day. You will begin seeing results within a few weeks.

Teeth Whitening Tray Kit

  • Purchase a tooth whitening kit with trays, from a local supermarket or drug store. Tray kits contain whitening gel and a plastic tray that you wear over your teeth.

  • Dispense the whitening gel into the upper and lower trays.

  • Apply the trays to your upper and bottom teeth. Wear the trays overnight or as instructed. Times can vary widely from product to product.

  • Remove the trays and brush your teeth to remove the remaining gel.

Teeth Whitening Strips

  • Purchase tooth whitening strips from your local supermarket or drug store. Whitening strips have whitening gel applied to thin, clear strips of plastic.

  • Apply the strips to your upper and lower teeth. Leave the strips on your teeth accoding to package directions.

  • Remove the whitening strips and brush your teeth to remove the whitening gel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Whitening toothpaste should be used in conjunction with either trays or strips. Trays have the advantage of applying whitening gel to all of your teeth, including your molars, whereas strips only extend to approximately your canine teeth.
  • There is generally no difference in the strength of the whitening gel in strips and trays.

References

  • "Smile!: The Ultimate Guide to Achieving Smile Beauty"; Jonathan B. Levine and Jane Larkworthy; 2006
  • "Tooth Whitening: Indications and Outcomes of Nightguard Vital Bleaching"; Van B. Haywood; 2007
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
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