The teeth are made up of enamel, dentin, pulp and cementum where the enamel is the strong, white shell providing protection for the inner parts.
Our teeth get yellow because of two main factors, the enamel weakens as we age and it exposes the yellow dentin below or we consume foods and beverages that stain the white enamel.
To get that camera-ready blinding white smile without going to the dentist, we need to either strengthen or whiten the enamel. Here are some good remedies you can try at home.
Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide
Brush your teeth with a paste made from mixing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide which has been tried and tested by many. Hydrogen peroxide works as an anti-bacterial agent and helps you kill all the nasty germs causing teeth discoloration. Make sure that you make the paste runny and not gritty as baking soda can scrub the enamel off your teeth and enamel does not grow back.
Now, we know coconut oil has myriad uses and is beneficial for many things. Bet you didn’t know it works to whiten your teeth as well. A method that works well is to do coconut oil pulling. It’s easy, just put a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth, swish it around your teeth for 5 to 20 minutes and spit it out. You can also apply a few drops on your toothbrush or a clean cloth to clean your teeth. Your gums will thank you as well because of coconut oil’s anti-microbial properties that help to keep them healthy.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is already famous those who are in the no-poo movement but there is another usage for this acidic liquid. Brush your teeth with some apple cider vinegar but take care not to use too much and then rinse your mouth out really well after that or use a non-fluoride toothpaste. It may take up to a month of continuous usage for you to see results but it sure beats receiving the hefty dentist bill to get your teeth professionally cleaned.
You’ve read that right, strawberries can be used to whiten your teeth. Even celebrities used this method so do give it a try. The method is easy, just mash up four to five strawberries and rub the mixture around your teeth for sparkling white teeth. Remember to rinse well afterwards.
The high vitamin C and calcium in the orange will help to fight microorganisms in your mouth during the night. All you need is some orange peel to rub around your teeth every night and you will be able to see the results in a few weeks. Dried orange peel powder works too if you do not have fresh oranges handy.
Lemon contains bleaching properties which can help you get back your white teeth. You can either gargle lemon juice or scrub your teeth with lemon peel but either way, expect dazzling teeth after a few weeks of this treatment.
Salt has always been a popular cleansing agent and it helps in your quest for pearly white teeth as well. Simply use the common salt that every home has as a tooth powder to replace your toothpaste. A word of caution, use salt extra gently as it can damage your gums and enamel if you are using it roughly.
Applying something as dark as charcoal may seem counterintuitive seeing as you want to whiten your teeth. But charcoal actually contains a powerful crystal-based chemical that can eliminate teeth discolouration. Get some activated charcoal powder and mix it with your toothpaste and soon you will have a blindingly white smile.
Use the peel from a perfectly ripe banana with no green or brown spots and rub the inside of the peel all over your teeth once a week. The potassium, magnesium and manganese in the banana peel are great stain removers.
Turmeric contains astringent properties which are good for your gums and its abrasive nature helps to remove plaque buildup from your teeth. Mix a paste made of 2 parts turmeric powder, 1 part coconut oil and 1 part baking soda. Be careful not to be too rough when brushing your teeth with turmeric powder as it is similar to baking soda and can strip off the enamel.
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This article was first published on goodyfeed.com
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