It doesn’t matter why your teeth are yellow or stained. Chances are you want them to be whiter. But what if you don’t have the money to pay for an expensive dentist treatment or a long-lasting store-bought method? Or what if you don’t feel comfortable putting all those extra chemicals into your mouth of all places?
If this sounds like you, here are 4 natural teeth whitening solutions you might want to look into.
It may seem counter-intuitive at first. After all, charcoal is black. Won’t that rub off onto your teeth? Actually, the charcoal is actually just abrasive enough to remove plaque and yellow stains from your teeth.
Rub the charcoal onto your teeth for about a minute, being careful to not touch your gums. Then follow up with a normal brushing session. If you do this often, you will start to notice that your teeth look whiter.
Baking Soda/Hydrogen Peroxide
Many store-bought toothpastes use baking soda as a whitener. You can add some to your toothpaste to do the same thing! If you mix baking soda with hydrogen peroxide, you can make your own whitening toothpaste. Just be careful that the substance you end up using isn’t too gritty, as that can damage your teeth. You want to whiten them, not erode them!
Many fruits, especially citrus, can help make your teeth brighter too. There are a few different methods you can use. First, take the peel of an orange or lemon and rub the inside on your teeth. However, if you choose this way, make sure to brush after, as the acid can cause damage to your teeth if left on. You will also need to use it every time you brush your teeth for at least a week, as it takes a while to work.
If citrus isn’t your thing, try mashing strawberries and leaving that paste on your teeth for a few minutes. Again, make sure to brush afterwards!
Although it’s effectiveness is often questioned, oil pulling is a new trend in the natural dental world. However, even though the trend is new, the method is old. Basically, you take a spoonful of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 10-15 minutes before you brush your teeth.
Try out some of these methods, but remember to always keep brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist, no matter what whitening routine you apply in your life!