10 simple ways to naturally whiten your teeth
It is not bad if you want to whiten your teeth. Even though there are many whitening products that use chemicals to bleach your teeth, there are home remedies to whiten teeth instantly.
There are some factors that cause teeth to become yellow, dull and lose their bright, white sparkle.
Certain foods can stain your enamel, which is the outermost layer of your teeth. Additionally, plaque build-up on your teeth can cause them to look yellow.
However, sometimes teeth look yellow because the hard enamel has eroded away, revealing the dentin underneath. Dentin is a naturally yellow, bony tissue that lies underneath the enamel.
If you want whiter teeth, but also want to avoid the chemicals, here are 10 teeth whiteners that are both natural and safe.
*Add plenty calcium to your diet
Some tooth discoloration is caused by enamel eroding away and exposing the dentin underneath, which is yellow in color. Therefore, anything you do to strengthen the enamel of your teeth will help keep your teeth pearly white. Calcium-rich foods such as milk, cheese and broccoli, will help protect your teeth from enamel erosion.
*Brush teeth with baking soda
Baking soda has natural whitening properties, which is why it’s a popular ingredient in commercial toothpaste. It’s a mild abrasive that can help scrub away surface stains on teeth.
Baking soda creates an alkaline environment in your mouth, which prevents bacteria from growing. This is not a remedy that will whiten your teeth overnight, but you should notice a difference in the appearance of your teeth over time. Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of water and brush your teeth with the paste. You can do this a few times per week.
*Reduce your sugar intake
If you want whiter teeth, cut back on your sugar intake. A diet high in sugar supports the growth of Streptococcus mutans bacteria, the primary type of bacteria that causes plaque and gingivitis. When you consume a sugary food, brush your teeth immediately after you eat.
*Brush teeth with Turmeric powder paste
Create a thin paste by mixing a teaspoon of organic Turmeric powder and a bit of water in a small dish, use a soft toothbrush to apply the paste to teeth and gently brush for 2 minutes. Be careful not to spatter, it can stain! Rinse with water then brush with regular toothpaste.
Turmeric powder is a gentle abrasive that can removing surface stains to reveal whiter teeth. Turmeric is naturally anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial which makes it a great choice for natural dental care.
*Use coconut oil pulling
Place a tablespoon of organic coconut oil in your mouth and swish/swirl it around your mouth like the way you would use a mouthwash for 5-20 minutes. Rinse and sprinkle clean, damp toothbrush with baking soda and brush your teeth. Rinse again.
Oil pulling is an ancient technique that removes plaque and bacteria exposing whiter, brighter teeth. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and can also help to reduce gum disease. Baking soda is mildly abrasive which helps gently buff away surface stains.
*Go for Apple cider vinegar rinse and scrub
Swirl a mouthful of Apple Cider Vinegar around your mouth the way you would use mouthwash for 2 minutes then dip your toothbrush in apple cider vinegar (ACV) and brush to help remove stains. Rinse then brush your teeth with baking soda or toothpaste to remove all ACV.
ACV contains acetic acid which helps break down plaque and stains on teeth. It also contains minerals, probiotics, and enzymes which can kill germs and bacteria in your mouth.
*Brush teeth with lemon juice and baking soda paste
Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice with enough baking soda to make a thin paste. Use a soft toothbrush to apply to teeth and gently brush for 2 minutes. Rinse with water then brush with regular toothpaste to remove all lemon juice.
Lemons are high in citric acid which acts as a natural bleach for stains on teeth. Baking soda is mildly abrasive which helps gently buff away surface stains and thicken the lemon juice so it stays on the teeth longer.
*Use Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleaching agent that also kills bacteria in your mouth. In fact, people have been using hydrogen peroxide for years to disinfect wounds because of its ability to kill bacteria.
Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash before you brush your teeth. The most common concentration of hydrogen peroxide at the drugstore is a 3% solution. You can easily dilute this concentration to 1.5% by mixing equal parts peroxide and water.
*Use Banana peel rub
Gently rub a small piece of the inside of the banana peel of your teeth for two minutes. Rinse then brush with regular toothpaste or baking soda to remove all banana residue. The high level of minerals in the peel such as potassium, magnesium, and manganese are absorbed into the teeth and help to whiten your smile.
*Eat Pineapple and Strawberry
A diet high in fruits and vegetables is good for both your body and your teeth. Eating crunchy raw fruits and vegetables can help rub plaque away as you chew. Strawberries and pineapple are two fruits that help whiten your teeth.
Whitening your teeth with a strawberry and baking soda mixture is a natural remedy that has been made popular by celebrities. The malic acid found in strawberries will remove discoloration on your teeth, while the baking soda will buff away stains.
*Brushing and flossing helps too
While some tooth discoloration comes naturally with age, it is largely a result of plaque build-up. Regular brushing and flossing can help your teeth stay white by reducing bacteria in your mouth and preventing plaque build-up.
Toothpaste gently rubs out stains on your teeth, and flossing removes bacteria that lead to plaque. Regular dental cleanings can also help your teeth stay clean and white.