Everybody gets teeth stains and yellowing. That’s a fact. Many factors can cause your teeth to become dull and yellow, losing their bright sparkle. Some foods and beverages may stain your enamel, which is your teeth’s outermost layer. Additionally, plaque build-up is one of your worst enemy when it comes to the health of your teeth.
There are many products to choose from when it comes to teeth whitening but most of them use chemicals to bleach your teeth, which is why many people prefer a natural remedy for teeth whitening.
And whitening your teeth is an easy way to freshen up your appearance and even make you look younger. More people are looking for a natural approach to dental care, and if you are one of them, you may try out some of these natural home remedies.
1. Baking Soda & Lemon Juice Whitening Paste
- 3 teaspoons of baking soda
- Lemon juice or water to make paste
- A soft toothbrush
Pour the baking soda in a small bowl or jar and add the lemon juice or water and slowly stir. Once the paste is formed, apply it to your toothbrush and scrub for couple of minutes. You can repeat this process a few times a week, until you achieve the desired results.
2. Turmeric Powder Paste
Turmeric is full with amazing anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which makes it a great choice for natural dental care. By mixing a teaspoon of organic turmeric powder and a bit of water, create a paste and use a soft toothbrush to apply the paste to your teeth. Gently brush for 2 minutes then rinse with warm water. After that, you can brush your teeth with regular toothpaste.
3. Coconut Oil Pulling
Coconut oil pulling can be a great natural teeth whitener. To oil pull, simply put a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it between your teeth for five to 20 minutes, or add a few drops to your toothbrush and brush it on. Another option for oral care is to apply coconut oil to a clean washcloth corner and rub it on your teeth.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the most used household products, you might be surprised to learn that apple cider vinegar has natural whitening properties. Just rub your teeth with apple cider vinegar, and rinse off thoroughly. Repeat this method for a few days and you’ll notice the results. Doing this regularly can help achieve the wanted results. Try it.
5. Strawberry + Salt & Baking Soda
- 2-4 strawberries
- A pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
Place all the ingredients in a jar or bowl for mixing. Mix thoroughly until you form a paste. Before applying this paste, using a paper towel, make sure your teeth are clear of any saliva. Brush your teeth like you would with any regular toothpaste.
Use Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleaching agent that kills your mouth’s bacteria and because of this ability, people have been using hydrogen peroxide for years to disinfect wounds. Almost all whitening products you can buy contain hydrogen peroxide, only at a much higher concentration than you actually need.
Most common concentration you can find at the drugstore is a 3% solution. To make it a little bit of safer, you can dilute this concentration to 1.5% by mixing equal parts peroxide and water, and use it as a mouthwash before brushing your teeth.
Use Fruits and Vegetables
Not necessarily a substitute for brushing your teeth, but eating crunchy, raw fruits and vegetables can help rub plaque away as you chew and boost your overall health in the process.
Get Plenty of Calcium in Your Diet
Tooth discoloration can be caused by eroding the enamel away and exposing the yellow dentin underneath. Calcium-rich foods, such as milk, cheese and broccoli, will help protect your teeth from enamel erosion and significantly strengthen the enamel.
Making dietary changes
Eliminating foods and beverages that contain tannins, such as wine, tea, coffee and dark sodas can prevent further staining. By wearing down the enamel, acidic foods and beverages can make the teeth yellow. If you are concern about the color of your teeth, you should avoid acidic foods and beverages, or alternatively, always brush your teeth after having them.