Stained, yellow or discolored teeth are a very common occurrence among adults of all ages. They might be caused by a variety of sources, such as certain foods and drinks – coffee, cola, tea and red wine, but also by certain bad habits, such as smoking, or even after using some medications. And there is also the natural aging process as well as lousy dental hygiene.
Having white teeth signifies good health and adequate personal hygiene, and is also essential for a beautiful smile. If your teeth are not as white as you would like them to be, there are a few tricks you can try at home for a pearly white smile. While none of these methods are as effective as a professional teeth whitening service, they can still do the trick and will not cost you a fortune.
- Baking Soda and 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
This combination is probably the most effective natural teeth whitener. Mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide (which has an anti-bacterial effect) with a small amount of baking soda (removes plaque) to make a „runny“ paste. Brush your teeth with it and then rinse thoroughly.
- Baking Soda, Salt and Strawberry
Use 1-3 large strawberries, s pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Play with these ingredients until you find a consistency that you like. It should be similar in thickness to toothpaste. Let it sit for five minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
- Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Paste
Use several teaspoons of baking soda and enough lemon juice or water to form a paste. Apply a good amount of paste onto your toothbrush and brush. Leave it on for one minute and then rinse thoroughly.
- Baking Soda, Salt and Apple Vinegar
This is one of the oldest teeth whitening methods. Mix one tea spoon of baking soda with a pinch of salt and a few drops of apple vinegar. Brush your teeth with it and afterwards with regular toothpaste.
- Coconut Oil
A spoonful of coconut oil can be swished between the teeth for 5 to 20 minutes or added to the toothbrush in order to whiten your teeth. Coconut oil also has strong antimicrobial properties so it is great for your gums as well. Rinse it with water and then brush your teeth.
Did you know that there are also some foods that naturally whiten your teeth, remove plaque, strengthen enamel, fight bacteria and freshen breath? Well, there are many and they are all easily available. You can start consuming the foods that naturally whiten your teeth on a daily basis. Here are some foods that are both delicious and versatile and can easily be included in your daily menu:
Strawberries – Due to a high level of vitamin C and an enzyme called malic acid, strawberries act like a natural tooth whitener. The options are endless – eat them individually, with cereals, or in a fruit salad. Also, you can mash some strawberries, rub them on your teeth with a finger for a few minutes and then, after at least half an hour, rinse, brush and floss.
Milk, yogurt and hard cheese are useful for the surface of our teeth, called teeth enamel since they are rich in calcium and phosphorus that naturally improve the remineralization of the tooth enamel and protect the teeth from harmful acids that cause cavities.
Celery, carrots and apples scrub teeth naturally as well as kill bacteria that cause bad breath. Also, in order to increase natural saliva production, which improves the mouth’s self-cleaning eat oranges, seeds and nuts. In order to fight mouth bacteria, it is advisable to eat parsley, onion and kiwis.
Keep in mind that good hydration is absolutely essential for having a healthy mouth. By keeping your mouth and gums hydrated, saliva production is stimulated, which serves as the natural protection against bacteria that cause cavities and plaque. Moreover, if it is not possible to brush your teeth after a meal, just rinse the hidden food particles from your mouth with water. This will help prevent tooth decay and stain.
For healthy, white teeth a good oral hygiene routine is obviously crucial. Make sure you always brush after a meal in order to keep your mouth and teeth clean, especially if you are a coffee drinker or a smoker. Brushing after a meal or a drink will help you prevent teeth stains and discoloration. Floss daily because it is the most effective way to remove plaque between your teeth, making them look whiter. Always use mouthwash to remove bacteria from your mouth and kill bad odors. Also, make sure you schedule your dental appointments regularly and consult your dentists about proper oral care, suitable for your needs.
Using these tips your teeth will indeed be whiter, your mouth will overall feel healthier and your smile will not have the bleached-out but the naturally white look.