We are sure you will agree that none of us want to have a smile that consists of unattractive yellow stained teeth, but if you have been paying even a little attention over the last few years, smiles have evolved in that they have become even whiter than they ever were in the past. You have probably watched a TV show or been looking online or in printed press and seen a famous person, whether its a newsreader, sports star, pop star or other type of celebrity with white teeth that are not just white but so white they are actually very distracting. Do you too want a smile like that? A smile that will light up any room you walk into?
Even if you are not bothered about having teeth that are Hollywood white, but just want them to look nice and healthy white, there are various natural teeth whitening remedies out there, that mean you do not have to go down the chemical route of putting unhealthy and toxic materials in your mouth and on your teeth or simply paying a small loan to have your teeth bleached.
Although it may not seem like it, discolouration of your teeth is all part of the ageing process. However, similarly to wrinkles, you can fight against it. While it is realistic to expect changes to occur in the way your teeth look, it doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do about it. Below you will find a list of 5 of the best home remedies for teeth whitening we have found. The best thing about these home remedies, aside from the fact that they do not cost an arm and a leg and that they are completely natural and organic; is the fact that they are incredibly easy to use and actually see results.
Eat More Strawberries
There is a lot of evidence being banded around right now that strawberries could help whiten your teeth. It is all down to the fact that they contain vitamin C and a powerful enzyme known as malic acid. This is an astringent found in strawberries and can help to remove stains from the surface of your teeth, while the vitamin C present helps to wash away plaque. By mashing together a few strawberries and brushing the resulting mixture over your teeth at least one to two times a week can have incredibly effective results. Further to this though, you could just simply eat some strawberries, making sure of course that you chew them thoroughly and giving them the chance to brush against, around and over your teeth for you.
It is strange, but a large percentage of people find it even harder to stick to a good flossing routine than they do a brushing one. Interestingly though, there are many dental hygienists and dentists who believe that flossing is far more important than brushing. Flossing just twice a day, is the best approach. When you floss, you will find it easy to remove the staining found between your teeth, that will help them to look a whole lot whiter.
Lemon And Baking Soda
This is probably one of the most commonly used and recommended natural home teeth whitening remedies around, and its not hard to see why. It all boils down to the chemical reaction of mixing the citric acid found in lemon juice with baking soda that can have a smile-enhancing effect. Truth be told, either one of those ingredients on its own works relatively well as teeth whiteners, but together they are on a whole different level of effective. You only need to use this solution to brush your teeth with once a week, as it can potentially wear down and damage your tooth enamel if you use it too regularly. If you notice or feel irritation, it could be that the baking soda is simply too abrasive and rough for your gums and you should stop using it. If you are concerned about damaging and ruining your tooth enamel, try one of the other solutions.
To make this remedy, add the juice from a freshly squeezed lemon and add it to a little bit of baking soda in a bowl. Incorporate the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and bubbles slightly, then using a cotton swab, wipe over excess plaque and saliva before brushing the mixture onto your teeth. You then have to leave the lemony solution on your teeth for atone minute to give it a chance to work its magic, before removing it gently with a toothbrush.
It is important to note that you should avoid leaving the solution on your teeth for more than a minute because the acid will start to erode and break down your tooth enamel.
Eat Lots Of Crunchy, Fresh Fruit And Veg
Fruit and veg like carrots, celery and apples are all beneficial to your teeth. These kinds of crunchy fruit and veg work like a natural toothbrush. Just by chewing these delicious items, you can get rid of the bacteria and any excess food that remains in your mouth from a previous meal. Chewing these can also help you to scrub at stains on the surface of your teeth. As well as the texture being responsible for removing the bacteria and particles of food, the acids work hard too at keeping your teeth looking brilliantly white. It is worth noting that apples in particular contain the enzyme that is also found in strawberries, malic acid, that can remove stains on the surface of your teeth.
Indian Oil Pulling
An Indian natural remedy that is mostly used to cleanse your body and enhance your oral health, Oil Pulling is a procedure that is incredibly inexpensive, harmless and fairly simple to do. You just take one full tablespoon of any organic, pure oil and swish it around your mouth for at least 15 to a maximum of 20 minutes. You need to be sure to move the oil fully around your mouth – sucking and sipping and pulling it through your teeth, as the name suggests. After you have rinsed, spit the oil out and then use water to give your mouth a thorough rinsing. It is then recommended that you consume at least 2 to 3 full glasses of water (preferably purified, particularly if you live in a hard water area).