Can you find anyone around who is not concerned about his or her appearance nowadays? Grooming is not necessarily limited to the clothes or accessories that you wear. Dental health is a factor that can enhance or mar your appearance greatly. Hence, it is necessary to take care of your teeth and make sure they are sparkling white always.
How do you do that? This post has the answers! Would you like to know more? Read on!
Why Opt For DIY Teeth Whitening Methods:
It is true that the easiest and fastest way to get rid of teeth stains or discoloration is visiting cosmetic dentists. They can use specialized teeth whitening strips and fluids that can eradicate teeth stains quickly. However, there are less expensive and effective teeth whitening methods that you can try at home. They do not cost much and have little or no side effects. Besides, they can bring quick results.
Top Teeth Whitening Methods You Can Try:
1. Using Baking Soda With Lemon Juice:
Sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, is a common ingredient found in nearly every kitchen. It is mildly abrasive in nature and helps eradicate the surface stains on the teeth. It is also alkaline in nature, and hence helps reduce acidity inside the mouth. Lemon juice is slightly acidic in nature, and baking soda helps neutralize its acidity to an extent.
Mix baking soda and some amount of lemon juice and apply it to your teeth using a toothbrush. Leave the paste as it is for a few minutes and then rinse with water. Be careful not to keep it on the teeth for long.
2. Using Coconut Oil Rinse:
You may find this somewhat odd as coconut oil is known to be beneficial for skin and hair health mostly. The lauric acid present in coconut oil eliminates plaque causing bacteria in the teeth (1). It also helps in keeping your breath fresh. Rub some coconut oil on your teeth with your fingers every morning. Ensure you do not swallow it. Rinse with adequate water and follow with brushing.
3. Eating Crunchy Vegetables And Fruits:
It would be a good idea to include plenty of crunchy vegetables and fruits in your diet. Examples include apple, celery, and carrots. Their abrasive texture will rub the teeth and peel off the yellow coating gradually. Taking milk-based products can help balance the pH levels in the mouth.
4. Using Baking Soda And Strawberries:
Using a combination of crushed strawberries andbaking soda can help whiten your teeth. Mixing one strawberry with a spoon of baking soda will do the job. Use a toothbrush or a finger to apply the mixture on the teeth and then leave it on for a few minutes. Rinse off and do another round of brushing with regular toothpaste. This can be done once every week.
5. Using A Mixture Of Hydrogen Peroxide And Baking Soda:
Make a mixture of a strong mouthwash, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in a cup. Swish it in your mouth and then rinse well. Do not use it on a daily basis, though.
6. Using Tooth Paste Mix:
You can make whitening toothpaste right at home by mixing regular toothpaste with ingredients like baking soda, table salt and hydrogen peroxide. Brush your teeth using the mixture and rinse using warm water. This should be used once every week.
7. Using Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar is good for hair health, but it can also be helpful for whitening yellowish teeth (2). Gargle everyday with apple cider vinegar before you brush teeth.
8. Using The Right Mouthwash:
It is okay to use a mouthwash, but choosing the right variant is also important. To evade teeth staining and whiten teeth, evade using green or blue colored mouthwash variants. These usually contain alcohol that dry out the teeth surface, eventually leading to teeth discoloration. It is better if you can use an alcohol-free mouthwash that does not contain much artificial color.
9. Using Basil In The Right Way:
Basil is a herb that has many health boosting properties and it is a common ingredient in your kitchen too! It can also be used to whiten teeth at home. You can use dried and grinded basil leaves as a natural tooth powder to brush teeth. You may use either fingers or a tooth brush. It is also a nice idea to mix basil powder with dried and powdered orange peel to make a tooth powder at home.
10. Using Water Rinse After Eating Citrus Fruits:
Eating citrus fruits like oranges can be advantageous for your health as they are packed with nutrients and antioxidants (3). Their vitamin C content makes them suitable for nearly everyone. However, these fruits contain acids, and they can erode the teeth enamel and make teeth stains deeply etched. That does not mean you should stop eating lemon and oranges. Make sure you rinse your mouth with water after eating such fruits every time. That will ensure the acids do not affect the teeth enamel.
11. Evading Dark Foods:
A few foods with dark pigmentation can lead to teeth staining. It is better if you can reduce eating them. Examples are blueberries, soy sauce, and marinara sauce.
12. Drinking Beverages With Caution:
The refreshing morning tea or a cup of hot coffee after work is what most people cherish. However, these beverages and energy drinks lead to teeth staining, and at times can even lead to enamel erosion. It may not be possible to avoid such drinks and beverages at all times. However, try not to swish them in your mouth while sipping. Use a straw to drink energy drinks and soda.
13. Quitting Smoking:
You must have heard this already. Quitting smoking not only offers you teeth whitening benefits, but it also helps your lungs and heart. Give up smoking in every form to improve the appearance of your teeth.
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