Strawberries contain malic acid, a natural enamel whitener. Here’s how to make your own at- home whitening treatment: Crush a strawberry to a pulp, mix it with baking soda, and spread it on your teeth using a soft toothbrush. Five minutes later, brush it off, rinse and have a whiter smile.
This is a teeth-whitening method made popular by A-list actress Catherine Zeta Jones. Specifically, she mashes up four or five strawberries and then rubs the mixture all across her teeth. The acid content of the fruit is said to eat away at food and drink stains. Following this method, however, it is important to rinse well.
2. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
Mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with a small amount of baking soda to make a paste. Brush your teeth as usual, making sure you brush those back teeth too. Hydrogen peroxide is an anti-bacterial agent and works great as a total mouth and gum cleaner and keeps the mouth free of germs.
Pour 2 teaspoons (10ml) of hydrogen peroxide into 3 teaspoons (15ml) of baking soda. Mix these together until a paste forms. Play with these measurements until you find a consistency that you like. The paste should be similar in thickness to toothpaste.
Brush the paste onto your teeth in small, circular motions. Once all teeth are covered, let the mixture sit on your teeth for 2 minutes. Rinse the solution off your teeth by swishing with water from the bathroom sink.Brush your teeth with toothpaste to rid your mouth of any remnants of the hydrogen peroxide mixture.
3. Coconut Oil Rinse
Although research is still inconclusive to the effect of coconut oil on oral health and bacteria, it has been considered for its stain-decreasing properties. Coconut oil, with a small amount of mashed peppermint leaves for a minty finish, can help remove some of the surface bacteria that yellows teeth. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, an agent that breaks down bacteria. Unlike baking soda-based whiteners, it’s safe to use coconut oil daily and any measurement can work.
In the morning, before you brush your teeth, scoop out a tablespoon or a little less (depending on the size of your mouth) of coconut oil. You can either soften it, or just put it in your mouth (I usually do the latter, and just let it soften.) Push, swish, and “pull” the oil through and around your teeth for 10-15 minutes, then spit it out, rinse with water, and brush your teeth.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apple cider vinegar is a multipurpose household product; you might be surprised to learn it also has natural whitening properties. It makes sense that apple cider vinegar would eventually work as a mouth gum cleaner and remove stubborn stains on the teeth, especially from coffee and nicotine. It has been proven that it does work as a natural teeth whitener but you have to be consistent and it takes a least a month of continuous usage to see results.Be careful, as with all acids, it can remove the enamel on your teeth as well. After brushing with ACV, you will need to brush again with regular toothpaste, preferably a non fluoride paste, or rinse your mouth out really well.
Try this solution a few times a week, or simply use the apple cider vinegar as a mild mouthrinse along with your daily oral care.
5. Whiten Your Teeth With Lemon or Orange Peels
An orange peel is also said to be an effective way to remove surface stains simply, easily and cost effectively. Rubbing the insides (white part) of an orange peel just before brushing is said to produce excellent results. The albedo or white part of the orange peel contains vitamin C, pectin, limonene, glucarate and soluble fiber. Many of these compounds act as natural teeth whiteners. For example, limonene contains natural solvent cleaners and is used commercially in many teeth whitening products.
Lemon peels are also said to have similar effects as orange peels. However, you must realize that both fruits contain high acid content.
Here again, these food products are very healthy and good for your stomach but the acid content might eventually wear away the enamel on the teeth. So if you use lemon or orange peel always rinse afterwards to be on the safe side. A good oral mouth rinse is hydrogen peroxide because it keeps breath fresh by eliminating bad breath and also is a very good bacterial agent. Use half water and half hydrogen peroxide, swish around in your mouth and leave in for at least a full minute.
Remember that using homemade tooth whitening paste as your only oral care tool isn’t optimal for good mouth health. Sticking to a normal routine of proper flossing and brushing, along with your regular dentist visits twice a year, is the best way to maintain a healthy, bright smile.
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