How to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

That right there is a guilt-free smile. (image credit: TheBeautyBean.com)

There is a particularly obvious reason why most of us hide our teeth when we smile or when a photo of us is taken. That’s because most of us believe our teeth aren’t white enough. And if you are obsessed in the thought of your teeth looking ugly and yellow, that’s because they probably are. While the most effective solution is to get professional teeth whitening, many people, probably including you don’t have the time to go to the dentist. So as a remedy, you instead can make your own ways of whitening your teeth.

This article is all about that.

It’s no secret that the most basic way of keeping your teeth clean, healthy, and white is to make sure you brush them. But brushing them at least twice a day may no longer apply if you are someone who consumes a lot of food and colorful drinks. Read this article from Draxe.com, titled “6 Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth.

1. Brush After Drinking or Eating

The best way, but 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. 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 from 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

This works great as a natural teeth whitener. Many people confirm to the fact that it does make their teeth look whiter. Mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with a small amount of baking soda to make a paste. Brush your teeth as usual, making sure you brush those back teeth too. Hydrogen peroxide is an anti-bacterial agent and works great as a total mouth and gum cleaner and keeps the mouth free of germs.

Baking soda is a gritty substance like sandpaper so be careful that you have enough hydrogen peroxide mixed in with the soda because if you don’t it can very well scrub the enamel right off your teeth and enamel does not grow back. The paste should not be gritty at all, and in fact it should be a runnier paste than a stiff paste.

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Baking soda for teeth whitening. (photo credit: Organics.org)

The two ways mentioned above are the simplest to do at home. It’s highly unlikely that you don’t have any baking soda or hydrogen peroxide at home. If you don’t have them, you can conveniently purchase them in your grocery store. Also, baking soda must be used moderately, probably once or twice a week because it contains some elements that can weaken the enamel of your teeth.

Meanwhile, WikiHow.com wants you to first stick to the basics of using good old toothpaste. But many of us use just any kind of toothpaste without even reading what it does. This time, it makes perfect sense to read the label and learn what you want from it.

Choose the right toothpaste. Toothpastes are a key part of your oral hygiene routine as they help remove food debris and plaque from your teeth and gums. Toothpastes can come in a gel, paste or powder form and while they may have similar ingredients, there are different kinds of toothpastes that are made for individual needs.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water. Toothpastes with fluoride help prevent tooth decay by strengthening your tooth enamel and fighting away bacteria that cause cavities. Fluoride toothpaste is also recommended for toddlers and children. For children younger than three years, an amount equal to a grain of rice is enough. For children aged three to six years, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

Whitening toothpastes usually contain mild abrasives that are typically mineral compounds such as magnesium carbonate, hydrated aluminum oxides and calcium carbonate. These help remove surface stains that cause yellowing. Whitening toothpastes also often contain a small percentage of hydrogen peroxide, a bleaching agent that helps remove stains.

Whitening toothpastes that contain hydrogen peroxide can cause sensitivity, which you can ease by alternating between a whitening and sensitivity toothpaste every day.

Read the whole article from this link.

It is definitely true that the underlying reason why many of us have yellow teeth is because we tend to forget to brush them. As mentioned in the first set of tips, it is very important that we brush them immediately after eating or drinking.

But if you want a more aggressive approach and fast results, you could take this advice from WellnessMama.com about a method called oil pulling.

The basic concept here is swishing oil (like sesame or coconut) in the mouth for 20 minutes to help remove plaque and bacteria from the mouth. Coconut oil has been proven effective against the streptococcus mutans bacteria that contributes to cavities and gum disease.

Since beginning oil pulling on a regular basis, I’ve noticed that my teeth are smooth and shiny and the dental assistants have commented that I had very little plaque at recent cleanings.

What to do: Swish with a small amount of coconut oil for 20 minutes a day, preferably first thing in the morning before eating. I make single use size coconut oil pulling chews to make this even easier and do this while showering.

See the rest of the article here.

The only thing that may prevent you from doing this stuff is the fact that putting coconut oil in your mouth is unpleasant. You may or may not like it, but rest assured, it’ll help you get over that yellow teeth without spending a lot of money.

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How to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

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