Everyone is always seeing those advertisements “Whitens Your Teeth In 5 Minutes A Day” or a “Whiter Teeth In 3 Treatments”. There are the money-back guarantees with it, too. Then there are the dental treatments that are rarely covered by insurances, and are quite expensive. Too expensive for many customers too afford. However, the good news is that it’s not always a requirement to have medical intervention to help whiten your teeth. Some of the simplest ways to whitening can be changes made in your diet.
The following are 6 ways that that whitening can be done include the following:
Brush Your Teeth After Eating/Drinking & Kick Smoking: This is the best natural whitening remedy available, however, it’s also vital to understand that this is quite a commitment to undertake. Packing a toothbrush in your work bag or backpack for school can help you brush after lunch each day in the public restroom. However, when you are out or about on the weekend, or on vacation you might find yourself in places that don’t let you brush often as you wish. If you can’t brush your teeth after drinking damaging drinks like sodas, juices, or coffee try swishing plain water in your mouth to get the dyes/colors/flavorings out to keep teeth white as possible. Also, avoid smoking cigarettes as they have many damaging chemicals in them that will darken, not whiten your teeth.
Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda have many uses in dentistry today, but one use is that they can be mixed into a paste to be rubbed on the teeth to help provide a whitening agent to the teeth naturally. It’s a cheap, at-home remedy that costs just a few dollars to buy the ingredients put into the mix. The mix should be 50-50 baking soda and hydrogen peroxide solution. This solution provides a greater plaque reduction that mixes without baking soda included in them. However, be careful that you mix enough hydrogen peroxide in with the baking soda or the baking soda will make a more sand-paper like substance that can very well rub the enamel right off your teeth as you can’t get the grittiness off of your teeth after you use the substance. The problem with this would be that the enamel doesn’t grow back, and the damage would be permanent. The substance should be completely smooth without any grit to it! Then you have made the past right! Apply for 30 seconds and rinse to complete the treatment.
Coconut Oil As A Tooth Whitener: This may induce chuckles upon the initial reading, but many people use coconut oil pulling as a treatment and claim it helps whiten their teeth dramatically. Any ways it’s used seems to work well. Adding a few drops of coconut oil to the toothpaste before brushing one’s teeth or wiping it on with a washcloth after brushing work well. Swishing a spoonsful of coconut oil around in your mouth 5 to 20 minutes after brushing also works. Swallowing it would include some calories, but it’s harmless. The Journal Of Contemporary Dental Hygiene found that their studies showed that this is also a safe, harmless practice as well to help maintain oral hygiene.
Try Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar really makes sense as a teeth whitener if it is thought hard enough about. Cider Vinegar can help remove stains from teeth, but it can also help keep the gums health while helping rid the rest of the mouth of “bad”, disease-causing bacteria. Cider Vinegar does this by combining ingredients like acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics, and enzymes together to kill germs and help benefit the “good” bacteria in the mouth. It is also acidic so it will help get the substances off of the teeth that may damage them. The high pH level allows the cider to remove stains. To see optimal results in whitening use the cider vinegar every single day for at least a month. Before bed is probably the best time. Do it before brushing or rinse with water when you are done as the cider vinegar being left on your teeth can chew away the enamel due to its acidity, and enamel doesn’t grow back.
Using Lemon & Orange Peels: Similar to the effects of the apple cider vinegar some people say that citrus fruits have a similar effect. Citrus fruits are very healthy so it makes sense that they might work to help whiten teeth, they can also help balance the bacteria in the gut to aid digestion. If you rub these peels on your teeth, however, be sure to rinse with water or hydrogen peroxide as citrus fruits can be very acidic, and you don’t want to allow the acids to chew through the enamel on your teeth.
Strawberries & Other Healthy Foods: Many people, including Tyra banks show a strawberry mash working to whiten their teeth. Berries are known as a high source of anti-oxidants, and many the compounds in them benefit the teeth well. Simply mash up three or four strawberries and rub the contents on your teeth. This is a great remedy for those who are not willing to put chemicals like hydrogen peroxide in their mouths. Always rinse well with water after using such a mixture on your teeth to avoid it eating through the tooth’s enamel if sugars are left on the teeth too long.
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