How to whiten your teeth naturally
The current trend for bright, sparkling celebrity smiles has left many of us striving for whiter teeth. There are lots of different teeth whitening options available, the most common being chemicals that bleach your teeth and remove stains.
If the thought of applying bleaching chemicals to your teeth doesn’t appeal (we don’t blame you!), and you want to brighten your smile naturally, give these tried and tested methods a go that many people swear by!
For many years, commercial toothpaste brands have used baking soda in their formulations thanks to its effectiveness at brightening teeth.
Why does it work? Baking soda has natural whitening properties and is a mild abrasive, meaning it’s effective at removing stains and plaque when used over time.
Try mixing one tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of water to make a paste and brush with it several times a week.
OK, so we accept it may seem strange to try and whiten your teeth with something that’s black in colour, but activated charcoal is definitely worth a try. It’s highly absorbent and pulls out impurities and tannins that stain your teeth, and can be found in many natural toothpastes.
If you want to try it yourself, grind up one to two tablets into a fine powder and add some water to make it into a paste. Apply gently to your teeth and leave for several minutes before washing away.
This ancient Indian method helps to improve oral hygiene and removes bacteria in the mouth, leaving it generally more healthy.
Stains on your teeth build up for a number of reasons including plaque build-up. If you maintain a healthy mouth, plaque won’t build up and your teeth will feel and appear much brighter.
To try oil pulling, put one tablespoon of coconut, sesame or sunflower oil into your mouth, then push and pull it between your teeth for 15-20 minutes each day. Do not swallow the oil as it’s helping to remove bacteria which you don’t want to ingest! When you’re done, spit the oil into the bin rather than the sink to avoid clogging the drains.
Strawberries have been found to help remove surface stains from the teeth thanks to their malic acid content. Other fruits, like apples, also contain malic acid, so it’s well worth swapping out food and drinks in your diet that stain in favour of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Teeth appear yellow for a variety of reasons, as previously mentioned. Staining food and drink like curries and coffee, plaque build-up and surface enamel wearing away to reveal yellow-coloured dentin underneath can all contribute towards a dull smile.
The key to preventing these issues is to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent stains from appearing in the first place. Brush twice a day and use floss to keep your teeth in tip-top condition. Regular visits to the dentist are essential too!
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