5 natural ways to whiten your teeth

Having white, sparkling set of pearls is just one way to boost your confidence. The teeth aren't just there to bite, munch or chew. They are as decorative as they are functional (who doesn't want a smile that is on point?). Having stains on the teeth or teeth changing colour to yellow, brown even black (OMG!) is definitely something to worry about.

Some of the reasons teeth become coloured include drinking coffee or tea, smoking, thinning tooth enamel due to aging, eating poorly (Consuming lots of processed foods high in acid, including soft drinks, candies or sometimes certain fruits), suffering from dry mouth, breathing through your mouths and having blocked nasal passage (These lower saliva and prevent the teeth/mouth from remoisturizing), antibiotic use, genetic factors and excessive fluoride intake (especially if this habit starts when you’re a child).

5 Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

1. Brush After Drinking or Eating

The best way to whiten your teeth naturally, however not always the easiest, is to simply brush your teeth after eating or drinking something. This takes a lot of persistence and can even be kind of difficult depending on where you are at the time of eating (such as work or school).

Avoiding smoking cigarettes, drinking too much coffee and/or soda, improving your oral hygiene overall, and eating a healthy diet also help prevent yellow teeth. If you do regularly drink staining beverages, do so through a straw and try to cut back. Try to drink more plain water after eating or drinking something staining or acidic to help reduce the negative effects.

Most food does not stain teeth, but if you are a coffee drinker or if you smoke, you can pretty much count on having discolored teeth over time due to thinning enamel and/or staining. If this is the case, then having your teeth cleaned every three months may be in order, besides trying some of the natural remedies listed here.

2. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an antibacterial agent and works great as a total mouth and gum cleaner and keeps the mouth free of germs. A good oral mouth rinse can be made using hydrogen peroxide; use half water and half hydrogen peroxide, swish around in your mouth for about one minute, and then rinse. Research shows hydrogen peroxide keeps breath fresh by eliminating bad bacteria due to acting as a natural antiseptic/antibacterial agent.

For another way to use this product, mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with a small amount of baking soda in order to make a paste that helps remove more plaque from teeth. The paste should not be gritty at all, it should be a running paste. Rub the paste onto your teeth for about 30 seconds, then rinse well.

3. Coconut Oil Pulling

Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it’s great for protecting and cleaning your gums as well naturally whitening the teeth. Simply pour some coconut oil on the corner of a clean washcloth and rub it on the teeth.

4. Use Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV is especially helpful for removing stains due to common culprits like coffee and nicotine (smoking). Apple Cider vinegar contains compounds including acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes, which kill germs and at the same time foster the growth of beneficial probiotic bacteria. Since it’s naturally acidic, it helps break down plaque or other substances stuck to the teeth. The pH of apple cider vinegar can remove stains from your teeth, which helps naturally whiten your teeth.

Using your finger, rub ACV on your teeth, leave on for some minutes and rinse thoroughly after with water or hydrogen peroxide solution.

5. Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal, an absorbing product used to trap toxins inside the body, can help whiten your teeth by absorbing plaque and microscopic tidbits that cause staining. To whiten your teeth naturally with charcoal, wet a toothbrush and dip into powdered activated charcoal. Brush teeth as normal, paying special attention to areas showing the most staining. Sip a bit of water, swish through mouth thoroughly and spit. Rinse well, until spit is clear. For best results, brush your teeth with activated charcoal two to three times per week, but avoid using it if you have crowns, caps or porcelain veneers.

Yellow teeth can be hereditary, meaning, sometimes you just have to start loving you the way you are because no matter how much you scrub, your teeth is still that "golden yellow colour". Never let that put you down because gold is really precious (it isn't easy walking around with gold in one's mouth. Lol).

Smile more, take care of those teeth and keep your breath refreshing!


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