Who doesn’t desire a brighter smile? You are not alone because we all do as our smile is the first thing that people notice about us. A set of sparkling whitened teeth can make us appear instantly more attractive but unfortunately, our teeth tend to naturally stain.
Teeth stain and discoloration happens to almost everyone and there can be various reasons for that. The teeth yellowing could be due to genetics, age, falls and accidents, erosion of enamel, or because of the foods and beverages we eat.
The best way to instantly whiten our teeth is by visiting a dentist for teeth whitening treatment however, it happens to be very costly. Similarly, finding the time for a dentist visit isn’t always practical. Moreover, the sparkle won’t last forever as our teeth naturally stain and lose their sparkle over time.
You don’t have to be disheartened though as these types of discoloration and stains can be treated with regular cleaning and whitening remedies that too at our homes itself. Just use these simple tricks to naturally whiten your teeth at home.
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1) Use baking soda to whiten your teeth
Baking soda is incredibly effective when it comes to the whitening and brightening of our teeth because it contains natural whitening properties that help get rid of the plaque. Baking soda bleaches the stains of our teeth to restore their natural white color. Similarly, when used, it creates an alkaline environment inside our mouth which helps in fighting the bacteria and germs present inside.
Add a pinch of baking soda in your toothpaste and brush it like you regularly would. Since it contains a limited amount of chemicals, it takes 2-3 weeks to show results so, do this consistently for the illustrated period to get the desired result.
2) Coconut oil pulling to whiten teeth
Oil pulling has been an incredible method to maintain the hygiene of our teeth. It is very trendy and popular because the coconut oil contains fatty acids that breaks down into teeth whitening enzymes when it comes in contact with our saliva which creates a chemical reaction that removes stains upon brushing and rinsing.
Also, this method removes plaque and bacteria resulting in naturally brighter teeth. Since coconut is also antibacterial, it helps to minimize gum diseases. Other significant benefits of oil pulling are prevention of bad breath, protection of enamel, strengthening of gums and jaw, prevention of tooth decay, and reduction of inflammation.
To oil pull, take a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and wait for it to melt. Now, gently swish the liquid for around 15-20 minutes and brush your teeth to rinse the excess. Unlike other tooth whitening methods, coconut oil pulling doesn’t erode our enamel as it doesn’t expose our teeth to acid. Therefore, it is safe to use daily to achieve brighter and healthier teeth.
3) Use turmeric as a paste to whiten your teeth at home
Turmeric is a spice that is used by Asians in their kitchen but a lesser-known fact that it has been used as a herb. It has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicines for more than a decade. It is similarly known to remove the stains from our teeth. Along with that, fighting gingivitis, removal of plaque, bacteria, and reduction of inflammation are other benefits of turmeric.
All you need to do is take a teaspoon of turmeric and mix it with a few drops of water to create a thick paste. Now, brush your teeth for 2 minutes using the paste. The final step is to rinse the excess and brush again with your regular toothpaste to wash away the yellow stains of turmeric.
4) Rinse with apple cider vinegar
Rinsing our mouth with apple cider is just as effective to keep our teeth healthy. Rinsing with apple cider helps to remove the plaque and stains as it is acidic. It similarly contains minerals, probiotics, and enzymes that kill germs and bacterias present inside our mouth.
Swirl a mouthful of apple cider vinegar for two minutes and then brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste to rinse the acidity. We need to ensure that we use 3 parts of water for 1 part of vinegar for this process. It unquestionably gives us brighter looking and healthier teeth. However, I would not use this method often as it is acidic in nature and continuous use of this method can wear away our enamel.
5) Hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth
Hydrogen peroxide is an antibacterial agent that can whiten our teeth and keep them away from the bacteria and germs. It is also a natural bleaching agency and therefore gives us those sparkly white teeth.
However, safety must be kept in mind while using this product as it is heavily concentrated. Therefore, the overuse can erode the enamel of our teeth.
Take a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and dilute it by mixing it with some water. The ratio of this solution must be 1:1. Swish with this liquid for about a minute then rinse it off with your preferred toothpaste. Similarly, keep in mind to use this method only 2-3 times per week at the maximum.
6) Use activated charcoal to whiten your teeth
One of the greatest methods to naturally eradicate the stains caused by foods, drinks, tobacco, and alcohol is by using activated charcoal. It is known to pull toxins out of the mouth and also brighten the teeth as it contains powerful crystal-based chemicals.
Smear an activated charcoal paste onto your teeth and let it sit for 2-5 minutes before brushing the excess off. This method will give you bright teeth at home but using this product every day is not advisable as charcoal can be abrasive.
7) Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables are natural stain remover and teeth whitener as they increase the production of saliva in the mouth, therefore, keep the teeth clean. Now we know that they clean your teeth, but along with that, they also help you grow your hair faster. Similarly, Crunching raw fruits and vegetables can similarly help rub plaque away as you chew.
The fruits that work the best to keep our teeth healthy and bright are strawberry, pineapple, apple, celery, oranges, carrots, etc. The crunchiness of these fruits and vegetables likewise act as a scrubbing agent that will help remove the stains.
8) Make use of orange peels
Citrus fruits like oranges work very well in removing bacteria and making our teeth look brighter. Orange contains vitamin C, antioxidants, pectin, soluble fiber, and limonene which makes it a characteristic teeth whitener. The best part is that, despite being acidic, they don’t harm our enamel.
Take a peel from fresh orange and rub the white part of the peel over your teeth. Let it sit on your teeth for 2-5 minutes before brushing it off. Do this every night for 2-3 weeks before going to sleep and it will deliver you the extraordinary result.
9) Use banana peel to naturally whiten your teeth
The inside of a banana peel is rich in magnesium, manganese, potassium, and other minerals. These rich minerals will revive the enamel and help whiten our teeth naturally at home.
Thoroughly rub a small piece of the inside of the banana peel on your teeth for 2 minutes. Similarly, let it sit for additional 5 minutes without letting it get to your lips. Simply, brush your teeth to remove the residue. You can use this teeth whitening solution every day for a decent result.
10) Rub lemon rinds on your teeth
Rubbing a lemon rind on our teeth makes them whiter as lemons are high in citric acid and therefore act as a natural bleach for stains. Lemon juice works just as well but makes sure you dilute them before using.
Take fresh lemon rinds and rub it on your teeth for around 2 minutes. Leave it for few more minutes before rinsing it off with your regular toothpaste. You will be surprised to see your teeth glowing once you take your paste off!
Additionally, these 10 techniques can help you naturally whiten your teeth at home.
-Brushing and flossing daily is paramount. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue as bacterias may gradually transfer to your teeth if not brushed appropriately.
-We must limit our sugar intake to maintain the health of our teeth.
-Staining foods and beverages are to be limited as well.
-Drinking a lot of water will also help boost the health of our teeth.
-Smoking or drinking is very harmful to the health of our teeth. So, if you want those healthy and bright teeth, quit smoking and drinking.
-Improper dental hygiene is one of the main reasons for dull and unhealthy teeth. And that is exactly why we must follow proper teeth hygiene.
-Make sure you brush immediately after eating or drinking, this will let you remove the stains as soon as possible.
-Use strawberry paste like a regular toothpaste, it is also believed to bring back the shine and maintain the hygiene of our teeth.
-Similarly, mint leaves also work well on our teeth so chew few every morning.
-Get plenty of calcium in your diet to prevent teeth discoloration.
It’s a wrap!
So that is it! I hope you enjoyed this list of how to naturally whiten your teeth at home. What do you think of the list? Also, do let me know in the comments below if you have a favorite that you think should make it to this list.