Your teeth are one of the first things that people notice. Having great teeth is very important to all of us. Unfortunately, most people, no matter how many times they brush their teeth they just can’t seem to get that perfect white smile. There are several factors that contribute to the reason why your teeth get yellow in the first place.
Genetics can for example play a big part but the kind of food and drink you consume can do as well. Coffee, Tea and smoking can have a very bad effect on your teeth and stain them permanently.
Who doesn’t want to have beautiful white teeth? Try the following home remedies to naturally whiten your teeth and achieve having that beautiful Hollywood smile.
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda is an effective and cheap home remedy for a lot of things. For example, it can not only help you in the kitchen but it can also help you with your laundry and cure mosquito bites. You probably already knew all about this but did you know that baking soda works great as a natural teeth whitener? Baking soda is a gritty substance like sandpaper so but a lot of people swear by it and say that it definitely makes their teeth appear to be whiter.
Mix a small amount of baking soda with your tooth paste every time you brush your teeth during a period of approximately one week. Then continue on brushing your teeth with just toothpaste for another week and repeat. Make sure you don’t use too much baking soda or do this for too long because the soda can scrub the enamel right off your teeth and enamel doesn’t grow back.
2. Hydrogen peroxide
You may have noticed that most toothpastes contain hydrogen peroxide. They even call it the most important ingredient on the front of the tube. While whitening strips have evolved into a high variety of products the key ingredient has been available to you all this time. It might feel a bit strange at first but it does really work.
Before you brush your teeth in the morning rinse your teeth with hydrogen peroxide. Afterwards brush your teeth like you would normally do. You will see a difference in approximately five days.
Strawberries are high in Vitamin C, which can help break-down plaque that is causing your teeth to look yellow. The acid that you can find in strawberries will help to remove surface stains. So why not give it a try when it comes to whitening your teeth? The only thing you need is a one to three strawberries and a little bit of sea salt.
Mash the berries into a pulp and add a pinch of sea salt creating a paste. Wipe any saliva off your teeth using a paper towel and then apply the mixture onto a toothbrush and apply to your teeth. Leave on the paste for 5 minutes and rinse with water. Floss your teeth afterwards to remove any strawberry seeds.
Note that you shouldn’t try this more than once a week because the acid can also remove the enamel from your teeth just as well as baking soda can.
Have you heard about the magic herb turmeric yet? It is an ancient spice native to South East Asia and a member of the ginger family. You are probably already familiar with the benefits of ginger but did you know that turmeric has medicinal powers of its own?
Studies have found that Turmeric can help to prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, colds and the flue. The spice has also been used to alleviate pain and help to heal cuts and wounds. Even by using a small about of Turmeric in your daily life you can already make a huge difference to your health. Additionally, turmeric can help you to whiten your teeth.
First wet your toothbrush and dip it in half a teaspoon turmeric power. Brush your teeth as normal, but instead of rinsing you leave the turmeric on your teeth for about five minutes.cRinse thoroughly with water and brush your teeth again but now using regular toothpaste.
You will notice the first results immediately. Please keep in mind that if any turmeric powder is left on your teeth or gums it will cause a yellow tint so make sure that you rinse it well
5. Orange or Lemon peels
Other than home whitening kits, there are many foods that can act as natural teeth whiteners. Including them in your diet can give you healthy teeth and a bright whiter smile.
An orange peel is said to be an effective way to remove stains from your teeth. Rubbing the insides of an orange peel before you brush your teeth will provide you with amazing results.
The white part of the orange peel contains pectin, limonene, glucarate, Vitamin C and soluble fiber that can all work as natural teeth whiteners. Most of these ingredients are used for many commercial teeth whiteners.
Using orange peels to whiten your teeth will not have lasting results but since it is not harmful to your teeth you can use this method for a longer period of time.
Lemon peels are also said to have similar effect as orange peels on your teeth. However, you must realize that both fruits contain high acid content so you must rinse or brush your teeth thoroughly to prevent residual acid from eating away the enamel of your teeth.
Wash the orange or lemon before you use them to remove any type of dirt. After peeling and rubbing the peel over your teeth, rinse your mouth with water immediately.
6. Coconut oil
Rinsing your mouth with coconut oil, also known as oil pulling, is a unique and old remedy that people swear by to help whiten your teeth. It might not make a difference by bleaching them per say but the lauric acid that coconut oil contains can get rid of the bacteria found in plaque that make your teeth yellow. Coconut oil will also supposedly promote gum health and keep your breath fresh and the only thing that you will need is a tablespoon of coconut oil.
Before brushing your teeth in the morning scoop out a tablespoon of coconut oil and put it in your mouth. Push the oil through and around your teeth for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Spit the oil out and rinse using water. Afterwards brush your teeth normally. If you prefer, you can also use this trick before you go to sleep at night after you have brushed your teeth.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider Vinegar has been proven to work as a natural teeth whitener and as a gum cleaner and remover of stubborn stains on your teeth. It can especially help you to get rid of the stains caused by coffee and nicotine.You will have to be consistent with the use of the remedy and i twill take at least a month of continuous usage to see the results.
After brushing your teeth with apple cider vinegar you will need to brush your teeth again with regular toothpaste. Afterwards rinse your mouth with water thoroughly to remove any residue.
An apple a day does not only keep the doctor away it will also keep the dentist away. Just as orange and lemons, apples can also assist you in whitening your teeth. Crunchy foods like apples, celery and carrots, act like little toothbrushes when you chew them, and they actually help scrub away stains over time.
You will notice their cleansing effect on your teeth after a short while especially if you drink a lot of coffee and aren’t used to eating apples in the first place.
If you start applying this trick into your daily life as a between-meal snack, make sure to brush your teeth afterwards. If you don’t get the chance to do so rinse away the sugar, acid and any plaque the apple may have removed with a glass of water.
Broccoli, when eaten raw, will remove unsightly surface stains. The iron found in broccoli will protect your tooth enamel by coating it with an invisible barrier that keeps cavity-causing acids away. Add some broccoli to your lunch and the florets will scrub the surface of your teeth and so giving them a brief and natural midday brush.
Also, unlike other vegetables and fruits such as beets and cranberries this vegetable doesn’t stay stuck to your teeth causing damage to the surface of your teeth.
10. Use a straw
My last tip won’t actually work to make your teeth whiter but it will keep your teeth white after you have tried any of the previously mentioned teeth whitening methods.
Coffee, tea and other warm beverages can stain your teeth. So by sipping through a straw you reduce the amount of liquid with which your teeth come in contact and as a result stop them from affecting your teeth and therefore staining them.
If anyone ever tries to tell you to stop drinking Ice Coffee. Just tell them that at least your teeth are whiter than theirs. But if drinking your coffee out of a straw is more embarrassing than discolored teeth, just make sure to brush your teeth after drinking any warm beverages.