Teeth coloration is a major concern for most Americans. According to a report by the American Association of Cosmetic Dentists, the majority of Americans believe that a smile is the most important feature as a first impression. With so many options available to get rid of yellow teeth, you must be wondering “Is it safe to whiten teeth?” Well, it depends on the products you’re using and your oral health. But first, what causes yellow/brown teeth?
- A poor diet.
- Excessive intake of fluoride over a long period of time.
- Cigarette smoking.
- Coffee or tea drinking.
While technological advancements make overnight teeth whitening possible, the natural way is always the safest way. Unfortunately, it’s a long-term process but the benefits are definitely long term. Now, let’s get started on the five ways to whiten your teeth naturally.
Avoid Stain-Causing Foods and Drinks
The most notorious drinks are coffee, tea, soda, and red wine. Obviously, it’s difficult to avoid them altogether but you can start limiting your daily intake. Likewise, smoking and chewing of tobacco is another leading cause of colored teeth. If possible, avoid smoking cigarettes not only to protect your teeth but your health as well. Sugary food is another culprit here. Sugar supports the growth of a bacteria known as Streptococcus mutans which causes gingivitis and plaque. The first remedy is to regularly brush your teeth and immediately after smoking, eating sugary stuff or taking those beverages. Avoiding bad eating habits and maintaining a healthy diet is a step towards whiter teeth. Increase your calcium intake to protect your enamel from eroding which makes it appear yellowish.
This a traditional method that has been practiced for centuries. Oil pulling entails swishing oil between your teeth for approximately 20 minutes. The various types of oil you can use include sunflower oil, sesame oil or coconut oil. Most people prefer coconut oil because of its pleasant taste and antimicrobial properties which clean and protect your gums. Plus, it’s natural, thus no side effects. To oil pull, put a spoonful of oil in your mouth and swish it for about five to 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can apply the coconut oil on a clean cloth and rub it on your teeth.
Use Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
You’ve probably heard about the benefits of using baking soda a dozen times. Baking soda is a mild abrasive that helps to remove the stains from your teeth. However, you need to be careful while using baking soda because it can scrub the enamel off your teeth. While making a baking soda paste, make sure the paste is smooth. Brush your teeth the normal way and then apply and rub the paste onto your teeth for about 30 seconds. Rinse well with plenty of water. For even better results, mix baking soda with Hydrogen Peroxide.
Dentists are increasingly using Hydrogen Peroxide which is an antibacterial agent that keeps the germs at bay and your gums healthy. Additionally, it’s a natural bleaching agent that whitens your teeth and keeps your breath fresh when used as a mouthwash. You can make a mouth rinse by mixing equal ratios of water and Hydrogen Peroxide. Swish it around your mouth and rinse thoroughly. You can also make a paste by mixing small amounts of baking soda and Hydrogen Peroxide.
Use Apple Cider Vinegar
This natural antibiotic and gum cleanser is known to remove stubborn stains, especially coffee and nicotine stains. The compounds in apple cider vinegar which include magnesium, potassium, and acetic acid helps to kill the bad bacteria and promote the growth of ‘good’ bacteria. Its acidic nature helps to remove stains and other substances from your teeth. However, avoid the daily usage of apple cider vinegar because the acid can erode your enamel. If you use it to brush your teeth, rinse your mouth thoroughly. If you prefer a mouthwash, dilute the apple cider vinegar with water and swish it in your mouth for a few minutes. Rinse well with plenty of water.
This method is becoming popular among celebrities. But, how effective is strawberry in teeth whitening? It is said to contain malic acid and ascorbic acid which are responsible for removing the stains and lightening teeth. You can simply mash a few strawberries and apply them to your teeth or you could just chew them after a meal. Alternatively, you can mix a few mashed strawberries and mix with baking soda. Using your finger or toothbrush, apply the mixture on your teeth and leave it on for several minutes. Rinse off well and brush again with your normal toothpaste. Like with any other acidic substance, limit their usage to once per week.
These home teeth whitening remedies will work if you use them consistently. The big advantage of using natural ways to get white teeth is the health benefits you get from fruits and healthy foods. So, have you tried teeth whitening recently? Did it work? Share your experiences in the comments below.