We’ve all watched famous people on TV or movies shining their perfect, bright and glittery looking smiles. Or maybe you’ve noticed your coworker, or someone else, with a flawless bright smile.
On seeing these people’s teeth, most of us wonder how they ever get these results. Generally, celebrities, the rich, and many others, pay a large sum of money to get their dentures looking that beautiful.
In fact, Americans spend more than $1.4 billion dollars on teeth whitening products every year. However, some of these methods are done using harmful chemicals, practices, or unhealthy formulas.
But what if you wanted the same gleaming looking teeth, without having a high bill or using harsh chemicals?
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#1 – Coconut Oil
Once people hear or read about this method, they tend to be skeptical. They also find it pretty crazy. Still, washing out your teeth with coconut oil is thought to work well in order to have shiny teeth. It is best known as coconut oil pulling.
The lauric acid in coconut oil helps to get rid of the bacteria on your teeth. Plaque is what makes teeth yellow or dirty looking. Put one tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth in the morning (prior to brushing your teeth, if you wish you can soften it.
The following step is to swish, push or pull the coconut oil all over your teeth. Keep doing this for a good 10 to 15 minutes. Once you are finished, spit it out, wash your mouth with water and then brush your teeth. The best part of the coconut oil technique is that it helps with bad breath and promotes healthier gums.
#2 – Lemon or Orange Peels
Lemon or orange peels has been described to remove stains and whiten the teeth. The albedo has pectin, limonene, and vitamin c. It also contains soluble fiber and glucarate. These combinations are frequently found in many of the teeth whitening kits.
Similarly, lemon peels have ingredients as those found on orange peels. To get the best outcome, scrub the insides of the orange or lemon peels on your teeth, before brushing them.
Keep in mind, that these fruits are high in acid content. Because of that, they can also remove your teeth enamel. Simply brush your teeth well or rinse your mouth out thoroughly after each session.
#3 – Floss Your Teeth
Yes, you have read it right, we are saying flossing helps keep your teeth white! Still, most people just hate doing it. Flossing your teeth twice a day at least can do wonders for the health and appearance of your teeth. A large number of hygienists and dentists agree that flossing is way more important than brushing for the health benefit of your teeth.
Flossing helps remove bacteria and particles responsible for plaque accumulation, which results in tooth decay, gum disease, and caries. So although flossing may not seem as if it can give you the white teeth of your dream, it is actually one of the best-proven techniques around.
#4 – Baking Soda Method 1
It only requires baking soda and fresh lemon juice or water, the first baking soda method is one of the simplest, pocket-friendly and a natural way to get white teeth. First, you mix a couple of teaspoons of baking soda with either water or fresh lemon juice. Make sure to use enough until you form a paste with the ingredients.
Next, use either a paper towel or another type of tissue to wipe your teeth of any saliva. After that, place a good amount of the paste onto your toothbrush and apply it carefully all over your dentures. Then, let it sit on your teeth for one minute minimum. Finally, wash your mouth and clean your teeth to get rid of the paste. This will help you avoid causing any harm to your enamel.
#5 – Baking Soda Method 2
Baking soda is so useful these days that we should rather call it miracle soda. Another whitening teeth method involves baking soda, salt, and strawberries. Because strawberries are rich in vitamin C, they are great for healthier and whiter teeth.
Vitamin C helps decompose plaque which is one of the main causes of teeth discoloration. Moreover, strawberries have an enzyme called malic acid. This enzyme is well-known for removing surface stains. First take 1 to 3 large strawberries, 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda and a bit of sea salt, which is optional. Start by smashing the strawberries until they turn into a pulp.
After that, add the 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda and a bit of salt to the strawberries. Don’t forget to remove all the saliva from your teeth with a paper towel. For your convenience, use a toothbrush to apply a generous amount of the mix on your teeth.
Make sure to leave the mixture you applied on for at least 5 minutes before washing it off. To get the best results, do this as a part of your nighttime routine.
#6 – Baking Soda Method 3
Our last method involving baking soda is the magic powder combined with hydrogen peroxide. When mixing a small amount of the two, make a paste to use instead of your regular toothpaste.
The combination of the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide creates an agent, which contains antibacterial and gum cleaning power. However, make sure to add more hydrogen peroxide to the mixture. A larger quantity of baking soda risks scrubbing the enamel from your teeth.
Your enamel does not grow back. Just be sure to have the paste on the runnier side, rather than being stiff.
#7 – 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
Even though some people may argue that this method is not 100% natural, using 3% hydrogen peroxide to wash out your mouth does wonders too. However, make sure to only use the 3% hydrogen peroxide. All you need to do is use the solution the same way you use a mouthwash to wash out your mouth.
Because the majority of over the counter whitening kits have this ingredient, it is commonly used. But, most of those products have a higher or more expensive form of it. Also, they use the hydrogen peroxide with different compounds.
#8 – Apple Cider Vinegar
Just like most home remedies discussed here for whitening your teeth, apple cider vinegar does a fantastic job as well. But, it may take about a month before you finally start seeing any results.
However, the method has a positive outcome because apple cider vinegar can be used as a mouth gum cleaner. It also helps remove those hard to get rid of stains, like the ones you get from smoking and coffee.
Due to the acidity of apple cider vinegar, it can remove your enamel from your teeth though. Use it with due diligence and brush your teeth later with a normal, non-fluoride toothpaste. You should also wash out your mouth completely every time.
#9 – Charcoal
People tend to be a bit doubtful about homemade remedies. This also concerns the use of charcoal as a teeth whitening and cleaning treatment. Still, the results speak volumes. Although it may look intimidating and horrifying when you are doing it, don’t lose hope yet.
Some people even assumed this to be some kind of prank by a blogger when they first gave it a go. After all, your mouth and teeth will be completely black when you are doing it. However, once rinsing your mouth and brushing your teeth, you will notice the difference.
Use a powdered version of the charcoal to make it easier to apply. Mix the charcoal with water and gargle it for a few minutes. The highly permeable porous matter, which is activated the moment you apply the charcoal to your teeth, works perfectly well in cleansing them. Remember to use activated charcoal from either a food or medical grade source.
#10 – Homemade Whitening Toothpaste
The mixture of pure calcium carbonate powder, Non-GMO Xylitol powder, and MCT oil can do wonders on your yellow dentures. To create this paste you will need:
– 3 Tablespoons of Xylitol powder.
– ¼ cup MCT oil (you may use more if needed).
– ¼ cup Calcium Carbonate Powder.
– You can add some of your favorite essential oils .
First, start by checking that the xylitol powder is not rough. Instead, make sure it is delicately ground. You may use your hand or a blender to mix all of the ingredients until they are integrated. Lastly, keep your homemade whitening toothpaste in a glass container. You can then brush your teeth as you would with your regular toothpaste.
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