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8 Natural Teeth Whiteners and How to Use Them

Because of aging and wear and tear, teeth have the tendency to become stained and yellow. The good news is there are natural ways to whiten your teeth without spending much and using chemicals based-solutions.

Here are eight easy-to-find natural teeth whiteners and how you can use them to keep your pearly whites dazzling and looking clean.

 

1. Baking Soda

baking sodaBaking soda or otherwise known as sodium bicarbonate is a popular natural teeth whitener. It is very alkaline and may help balance the pH level in the mouth.

Mix baking soda with water or lemon juice, depending on your preference. Before applying the paste, wipe saliva and plaque off your teeth. Apply the solution with a cotton swab.

If you used lemon juice, make sure to rinse after one minute. On the other hand, leave it for three minutes if you just used water.

 

2. Strawberries

strawberriesStrawberries have an enzyme called malic acid and vitamin C. They help remove surface stains and plaque.

Eat strawberries and make sure to chew on them thoroughly, allowing the fruit and its compounds to gently “brush” against your teeth. Otherwise, you can create a strawberry scrub and use it like toothpaste once or twice a week. Check out Claire’s recipe to know how you can create a natural strawberry tooth whitening mixture at home.

 

3. Coconut Oil

CoconutLauric acid in coconut oil helps in getting rid off plaque, which is the culprit for making teeth yellow.

To use for teeth whitening, scoop one tablespoon of pure and organic coconut oil, and swish, sip, suck, and pull around the mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse and spit out the oil afterwards and consume two to three glasses of water.

 

4. Food-Grade Hydrogen Peroxide

Food-grade hydrogen peroxide prevents the growth of bacteria, infection and bad breath. You can mix it with water and gargle for one minute.

 

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has potassium and calcium content that can make the teeth stronger. It also helps in removing stains and eliminating bacteria that cause gum disease.

Apple cider vinegar can be used as a mouthwash. Dilute in water and swish it around your mouth. Rinse your mouth thoroughly afterwards.

However, avoid excessive use of apple cider vinegar on your teeth, because its acidity can damage the enamel overtime.

 

6. Orange or Lemon Peels

orange peelsOrange or lemon peels contain vitamin C, pectin, limonene, glucarate, and soluble fiber, which are compounds present in most teeth whitening products.

Rub the insides or the white parts of the peels to your teeth to help remove residual food debris and plaque build-up. You can do this before brushing. However, keep in mind that they may have high acid content, so make sure that you rinse well to avoid enamel damage.

In addition, remember to only use peels from organic fruits because they are free of pesticides.

 

7. Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is not the usual charcoal you use during grills and cookouts, but they are also black in pigment so it might not make sense how it helps in whitening teeth. But it does, and it’s because of its natural adhesive qualities that help remove stain from wine, coffee, tea, and plaque.

Activated charcoal can be bought in health food stores, and are usually in tablet form. Break one to two tablets and add it to a teaspoon of water to create a paste. Dab it on your teeth and leave for three minutes before rinsing.

 

8. Turmeric

turmericTurmeric is an Indian herb that is rich in color, and can stain just about anything that comes in contact with it. However, it can actually help whiten teeth because it helps control plaque and prevent gingivitis.

Heather talks about turmeric and explains how you can use it to whiten your teeth naturally. She shares a quick and easy mixture in one of her posts. You can read it here.

 

Maintaining the whiteness of your teeth will always boil down to your oral hygiene, the food you eat, and your overall wellness. Brush and floss your teeth consistently, clean your mouth with mouthwash, and visit your dentist regularly to keep your oral health in great shape.

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