Kids love to put things in their mouths. Some of those things are going to leave their teeth discolored. Before you head to the dentist to have your kids teeth whitened, try these home solutions for removing the stains.

Colored Markers

Your kids found the markers and decided to color their teeth. Before you know what they're doing, they've turned their teeth all the colors of the rainbow. Don't panic. Here's a simple solution to the problem.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Toothpaste
  • Tea tree oil
  • Baking soda
  • Moist cloth
  • Toothbrush


  1. Place a strip of toothpaste and a few drops of tea tree oil in a bowl.
  2. Mix well to combine the solution.
  3. Dip a moist cloth into the solution.
  4. Rub the surface of your child's teeth with the cloth.
  5. Have your child rinse their mouth well with clear water and spit the water out into the sink.
  6. Rinse the toothbrush to remove the tea tree oil.
  7. Place a small amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush.
  8. Dip it into a small amount of baking soda
  9. Brush your children's teeth to remove the remaining stains.
  10. Repeat the process if necessary.

Ink Pens

Kids chew on pens, even when you tell them to stop. Unfortunately, pens have a habit of breaking. If your child comes to you with ink on their teeth, the first thing you'll need to do is determine whether they swallowed any of the ink. If they did, you'll need to call their doctor or poison control immediately. If they didn't swallow any of the ink, you'll be able to get rid of the stains with a few supplies that you probably already have at home.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Low fat milk
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cornstarch
  • Paper towels


  1. Place a few dots of toothpaste on the toothbrush.
  2. Brush your child's teeth and mouth to remove as much of the ink as possible.
  3. Have your child rinse their mouth with a generous amount of water.
  4. Clean the toothbrush off and repeat the brushing process one more time.
  5. Have your child place about 1 tablespoon of low fat milk in their mouth and leave it there for about 1 minute.
  6. Have them spit the milk out into the sink.
  7. Place a small amount of vegetable oil on your finger and rub it on the ink.
  8. Wipe the oil off with a paper towel.
  9. Combine 1/2 teaspoon each of water and cornstarch in a small bowl.
  10. Brush your child's teeth with the solution.
  11. Have them rinse their mouth with clean water, and spit the water out in the sink.

You never know when your kids are going to get markers on their teeth, or have a pen break while they're chewing on it. You can be ready for the event by keeping these ingredients on hand. A few minutes of time just may prevent the need for trip to the dentist for an emergency cleaning treatment.

If your children get other, harder-to-remove stains on their teeth, it may be time to contact the dentist and set up an appointment for teeth whitening.