Genetics, oral hygiene, and the types of food and drink we consume can all affect the color of our pearly whites. People spend billions each year on over the counter products and harsh treatments that are not only expensive but can be painful and even damaging in the long term.
More and more of us are looking to natural treatments when it comes to our health and beauty regimes. Enamel can be stained and weakened as we age, and there are several natural ways of whitening your teeth, while strengthening the enamel, to prevent it from breaking down further.
1. Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Paste
And the best part is you can find all the ingredients at home or in your local supermarket! Get set for brighter, healthier-looking teeth without breaking the bank with these four amazing natural whitening treatments. A great natural teeth whitener, baking soda has a gritty texture that gently scrubs away stains, leaving your teeth a whiter shade. It is also alkaline, which balances out the PH in your mouth and reduces the acidity of the lemon juice. Acid from certain food and drinks breaks down the enamel and makes them look yellow in color. The lemon juice acts as a natural bleach with the baking soda, and many have confirmed the whitening effects of this simple concoction!
All you need is a few teaspoons of baking soda and enough lemon juice to make a paste. Mix together and apply to your teeth with a toothbrush. Leave the paste on for one minute, then rinse out for beautiful natural whiteness.
2. Coconut Oil Pulling
Coconut oil is one of nature’s most useful ingredients, and it has even been shown to whiten teeth. Lauric acid found in coconut oil can rid your teeth of the bacteria in plaque and many have attested to the whitening results of “oil pulling.” Its antimicrobial properties are also great for your gum health.
Before you brush in the morning, simply place a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it between your teeth for 10 to 15 minutes. You can also add a few drops to your toothbrush and brush it on if you prefer. Quick, easy and great for all-round oral health!
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
If used regularly, apple cider vinegar has been proven to naturally whiten teeth. Working as a mouth and gum cleaner, it effectively removes stubborn discoloration such as coffee and nicotine stains.
Swish some apple cider vinegar around your mouth and through your teeth for a smile that can rival a professional clean! Make sure to rinse out afterward and use daily for full effect.
4. Strawberries, Salt & Baking Soda
Several celebrities have been known to use this combination for natural teeth whitening effects, including Tyra Banks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Strawberries, which are high in Vitamin C, can break down the plaque that causes discoloration of the teeth. They also contain malic acid which helps to remove surface stains. Combined with salt and baking soda it’s an effective scrub that can have instant whitening results.
Take 1 to 3 large strawberries and mash into a pulp. Add a pinch of sea salt some baking soda mix into a paste. Wipe off any excess saliva from your teeth. Using a toothbrush apply the paste, leave for 5 minutes before rinsing. Try this each night for gorgeous, fresh whites that will feel healthy and clean!
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