There are many ways to achieve this look. You can visit your dentist to brighten your teeth or purchase one of many teeth-whitening kits available commercially.
However, if you prefer to avoid harmful chemicals you can opt for natural, inexpensive ingredients that you can easily find in your home.
Here is a list of safe home remedies:
1. Baking soda: This common household ingredient is sure to be present in your pantry. Baking soda is commonly used because it has natural whitening properties and also the powder particles gently abrade the tooth surfaces thoroughly cleaning and buffing them. Additionally, the baking soda changes the pH of the mouth to a more alkaline environment which stops bacterial growth.
Baking soda is incorporated into many kinds of toothpaste because of the proven whitening effects.
How to use it: mix baking soda and water in a 1:2 ratio to form a paste. Brush with this paste a few times per week for results.
You should notice a visible difference over time of regular use.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar: this is the Rockstar of all domestic ingredients with its many uses. It is a natural antibacterial that helps keep teeth stain-free and bright.
How to use it: use as a mouth rinse diluted with water, only a few times per week. Ensure you rinse thoroughly with water after using this mouthwash.
Overuse of apple cider vinegar can cause enamel corrosion. Limit the time you swirl the mouthwash around in your mouth to avoid this enamel corrosion.
3. Oil pulling: it is an age-old traditional method used in some ancient cultures but has seen a revival in recent times. It involves using oils such as coconut, sesame or sunflower oil to decrease bacteria to prevent conditions like gingivitis.
Oil pulling is safe for your health and teeth- it will not cause tooth enamel erosion.
Coconut oil is the preferred oil to use because it has a better taste than the others and it also has many other benefits for the health. The lauric acid in coconut oil is great for reducing inflammation and a safe antibacterial.
How to use it: place a tablespoon (about 15ml) of oil into the mouth and swirl it around. Ensure you coat all surfaces of the teeth, including the hard-to-reach areas between tooth surfaces. Use a sucking action to push and pull the oil through the teeth. Do this for about fifteen minutes then spit out the oil.
The coconut oil can be solid at room temperature, so you may have to melt it before using it. When you spit it out after using it, use a trashcan because it may clog up your plumbing once it solidifies at room temperature again.
4. Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide: This product is a very useful antibacterial. It has whitening qualities and is therefore added in high concentrations in many household detergents. It is very toxic in high concentrations. Only food grade hydrogen peroxide that has been highly diluted can be used to whiten teeth.
How to use it: it may be used as a mouthwash (in a 1.5% concentration) before brushing your teeth. You can dilute the 3% concentration (this is the common concentration available in stores) by mixing with water in a 1:1 ratio.
For a more intense whitening effect, you can mix the hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to form a paste with which to brush your teeth.
Remember to limit the use of this paste mixture due to its corrosive nature on the tooth enamel.
Another safe tactic to adopt for keeping your teeth white is to avoid stains and discoloration before they even occur.
You can do this by:
- Limit drinking beverages and foods that will stain teeth. These include red wine, soft drinks, coffee, etc. You can also use a straw where possible to limit contact with teeth. After consuming any of these products, be sure to brush your teeth to prevent staining.
- Smoking is a big culprit when it comes to staining teeth. Apart from saving the whiteness of your teeth, it will also keep your lungs happy!
- Restrict your sugar consumption. Sugar promotes bacterial growth which causes plaque formation that can lead to oral infections. A good practice is to clean your teeth thoroughly after eating sugary foods.
- A healthy diet will promote your general health and guarantee strong teeth and gums. Ensure you include calcium-rich foods to toughen enamel. Eroded enamel will allow the yellow dentin below to show through making teeth appear discolored.
- Maintaining a great oral hygiene regimen which includes regular brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleaning will restrict plaque build-up and ensure your teeth look their best.
You can improve the appearance of your teeth using a few simple and economical household ingredients with the methods as described above. But never underestimate the value of a healthy oral hygiene routine which will improve your overall oral health and put the sparkle back into your smile!
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