We all love to show off our pearly whites. A wide smile speaks of happiness, warmness, leaves a positive impact and boosts self-confidence. However, the biggest problem is that a white smile can fade away pretty fast If we don’t take care of our teeth on a regular basis.
If you’re one of those people whose smile isn’t sparkly at to moment, give the following article a read where we give you 6 tips on how to naturally whiten your teeth.
Having great teeth is essential in our culture today. It’s obvious, your teeth are a sign of health and confidence (and your smile is one of the first things people notice) so making a good first impression is pretty important, especially if you’re having a job interview.
Discolored teeth? Some people experience teeth stains from habits like drinking tea or coffee and/or smoking. Sometimes discoloration of the teeth can point to larger problems like thinning enamel, gum problems or generally poor dental hygiene. Whitening alone won’t help with teeth and gum protection but it helps to keep things in perspective.
Keep this in mind when you read up on the following home remedies for whiter teeth:
- Brush After Drinking or Eating
This one sounds way too obvious but brushing after eating or drinking with an appropriate toothpaste does help in preserving the whiteness of your teeth. It takes a lot of persistence and can even prove to be difficult in some situations but it’s one of the best ways to maintain overall dental health.
Smoking less and drinking less coffee and soda can also help along with following a healthy diet with more whole foods.
- Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide is an antibacterial agent which works great as a mouth and gum cleaner keeping them free of germs. Rinse with a mixture of half water half Hydrogen Peroxide by swishing around in your mouth for about a minute.
Also, be more effective in removing plaque from your teeth by mixing Hydrogen Peroxide with baking soda. Use the paste for brushing – but make sure the mixture is runny since baking soda is gritty and can scrub away enamel if not mixed well enough.
- Coconut Oil Pulling
Looks like coconut oil IS good for everything. Jokes aside, people report that their teeth have become whiter after swishing a spoonful of coconut oil in their mouth for 5 to 20 minutes or after adding a few drops to their toothbrush.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar works great as a natural antibiotic so it only makes sense that it’s also good for removing stubborn stains on your teeth. Compounds in ACV like acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics, and enzymes kill germs and foster the growth of “good” probiotic bacteria. It also helps break down plaque.
The key for using ACV is consistency – use it at least for a month for best results. Also, make sure not to brush too hard or too much, since it can also erode enamel.
- Lemon or Orange Peels
Some also state that lemon and orange peels, or lemon essential oil may also do the trick. Similar to apple cider vinegar, one must be careful because it may wear off enamel if used too aggressively. Make sure to rinse afterward to be on the safe side.
- Berries and diet
Foods like strawberries contain many beneficial antioxidants and other compounds that can benefit dental health. However, the quality of your diet also plays an important role when it comes to the health of your whites. Foods high in magnesium and potassium like leafy green are always welcome. Celery, nuts, carrots, eggs, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes are also outstanding examples.
As you can see, there are quite a few home remedies for teeth whitening. All of these techniques mentioned above should do the trick, however, be careful since some of them can actually harm your teeth by eroding enamel. If you don’t think you’re cut out to practice these remedies or just want to leave teeth whitening for professionals (which is always a smart idea) make sure to give us a call to schedule your teeth whitening appointment. We, here at Doral Sedation & Family Dentistry can’t wait to give you the smile you’ve always wanted!