As more and more people look for ways to brighten up their smiles without using harmful chemicals, we’ve found ourselves adding more conversations about natural teeth whitening solutions to our curriculum. Below is a list of our favorite teeth whitening remedies that’ll help you whiten your teeth and remove stains from your smile naturally and effectively.
Oil pulling works by swishing coconut oil in your mouth for up to 20 minutes. The oil “pulls out” bacteria that causes yellowing and stains. Coconut oil’s anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties also improve oral hygiene. It’s also inexpensive, the flavor is reminiscent of an island paradise, and you can swallow the oil once you’re finished. Place a tablespoon of the oil on your tongue and allow it to melt before you swish. Repeat daily for up to a month.
Sodium bicarbonate is a mild abrasive that works by gently scrubbing away stains. You can dip your toothbrush in baking soda or start brushing with toothpaste that has baking soda in it. If you’ve opted for straight baking soda, avoid scrubbing too hard and damaging your gums – instead, use small, circular strokes.
Activated charcoal is a highly porous substance that attracts and binds to tannins that stain teeth yellow and brown. This isn’t the same charcoal as the briquettes you use for grilling; make sure to buy food-grade activated charcoal from the pharmaceutical area of your favorite drug or natural food store. You can buy it in capsule or powder form, depending on what your preference is. Simply break the capsule open over your toothbrush (or directly into your mouth) or dip your brush into the power. Brush just like you would with toothpaste, and then rinse and repeat with your regular toothpaste.
*A word or two of warning: While brushing, you may look like a pirate with scurvy, but don’t fret. Just keep brushing and give the mirror your best “arrrrrr, matey.” This powder stains everything, including skin, the sink and bathroom tile and grout, so be careful, and wipe it up when you’re finished.
H203 and water has been shown to help whiten teeth and eliminate bacteria that cause bad breath. Hydrogen peroxide degrades over time due to light exposure, which is why it’s sold in brown bottles. To start whitening your teeth with hydrogen peroxide, buy a new bottle instead of using the bottle you used to disinfect your scraped knee when you were five years old. Make sure the solution you’re using isn’t greater than 3.5 percent. Dilute the solution with equal part water and swish for two to three minutes but do not gargle or swallow. Repeat daily for several weeks.
Although these natural teeth whitening remedies can whiten your teeth, they can also cause damage if you’re not careful and ignore the directions. Always use in moderation. For some teeth, it can take awhile for these remedies to show results, so persist and be patient. If you develop any sensitivity, give your mouth a rest.
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