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A com­mon home rem­edy is to brush your teeth with a paste of bi­car­bon­ate of soda and water or ap­ply it to your teeth and leave it for a few min­utes. A more recent emerg­ing trend is to use a mix­ture of bi­car­bon­ate of soda and le­mon juice. Cen­tu­ri­on­based den­tist Dr Karizaan de Vos says she doesn’t rec­om­mend these reme­dies as they soften the tooth enamel and might even per­ma­nently re­move it.

An­other home rem­edy is to use char­coal or ash to re­move stains. De Vos says there are many far more ef­fec­tive prod­ucts avail­able that con­tain ac­ti­vated char­coal, which is safer.

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