We’ve all seen those people on TV or in a movie flashing their perfect, bright and shiny looking teeth and smiles. Or perhaps you’ve noticed someone at your office, or somewhere, with an impeccable gleaming smile. Upon seeing the teeth on these people, most of us wonder how they ever get them so bright and shiny. For the most part, celebrities, the rich and famous and many folks, pay a substantial amount of money to get their dentures looking that way. In fact, Americans spend over $1.4 billion dollars in over-the-counter teeth whitening products each year. However, some of the methods used by people are done using dangerous chemicals, practices or unhealthy formulas. But what if you wanted polished and gleaming looking teeth, without spending too much? Or if you wanted to do it naturally? Fortunately, we have 11 natural teeth whitening methods for you to use. They are also really easy to do and very cost effective.
Upon reading or hearing about this method, most people react rather incredulous. They also think it sounds pretty crazy. still, using coconut oil to rinse out your teeth is said to work very well for helping them look brighter. This method is known as ‘coconut oil pulling.’ The lauric acid, which the coconut oil contains, helps to remove and rid the bacteria on your teeth. Plaque, as you know, is what makes people’s teeth yellow or dirty looking.
Take one tablespoon of coconut oil in the morning (right before you brush your teeth) and put it in your mouth. Some people just put it in their mouths, while others choose to soften it first. Whichever method you use, next step is to swish, push and/or pull the coconut oil around and throughout your teeth. Do this for about 10 to 15 minutes. When you are done, spit it out, rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth. Best thing about the coconut oil method is that it helps keep your breath fresh and promotes healthier gums.
Lemon or Orange Peels
Using lemon or orange peels has been reported to work well in the removal of stains and as a teeth whitener. The white part of the orange or the albedo, contains pectin, limonene and vitamin c. It also contains soluble fiber and glucarate. These compounds are often found in many of the teeth whitening kits sold all over. Lemon peels also contain similar ingredients as those found on orange peels. For best results, rub the white parts (the insides) of the orange or lemon peels on your teeth, before brushing them. Still, keep in mind, that these fruits are high in acid content. Because of that, they can also remove your teeth enamel. Simply brush your teeth well or rinse your mouth out thoroughly after each session.
Floss Your Teeth
Wait, flossing helps keep your teeth white? Actually, it does. Still, most people simply do not like doing it. Yet, actually flossing your teeth at least twice a day, can work wonders on the health and appearance of your teeth. A vast majority of hygienists and dentists agree that flossing, is far more essential than brushing for the health of your teeth. Flossing helps to remove bacteria and particles which cause plaque build-up. The result of the latter being tooth decay, gum disease and cavities. So although flossing may not sound as if it can help whiten your teeth, it is actually one of the best proven methods around.
Baking Soda Method 1
Requiring only baking soda, fresh lemon juice or water, the first baking soda method is one of the easiest, economical and natural ways to getting your teeth white. First, you mix several teaspoons of baking soda with either water, or fresh lemon juice. Be sure to use enough of either one and mix them until you make a paste with the ingredients. Next, use either a paper towel or something else to wipe your teeth of any saliva. After that, take a good amount of the paste you’ve just made, put it onto your toothbrush and apply it thoroughly all over your dentures. Then, leave the paste on your teeth for at least one minute. Lastly, rinse your mouth and clean your teeth to remove the paste. This will make sure you avoid getting the acid affecting enamel issue.
Baking Soda Method 2
Baking soda has so many uses these days that it should be called ‘miracle soda.’ Another method for getting whiter teeth involves using baking soda, salt and strawberries. Since strawberries are rich and high in vitamin C, they are a great source for healthier and whiter teeth. Vitamin C helps break down plaque which is one of the biggest causes of your teeth looking yellow. Also, strawberries have an enzyme which is called malic acid. This enzyme is known to help remove surface stains. You first take 1 to 3 large strawberries, 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda and a pinch of sea salt (although it is optional). Begin by taking the strawberries and smashing them into a pulp. Next, add the 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda and a pinch of salt to the strawberries. Make sure you remove all the saliva from your teeth with a paper towel. Using a toothbrush, apply a good amount of the mix to your teeth. Be sure to let the mixture you just applied on for at least 5 minutes before rinsing off. For best results, do this every night before going to bed.
Baking Soda Method 3
Our last method involving baking soda is the wonder powder mixed with hydrogen peroxide. While mixing a small amount of both of them together, make a paste to use it in order to brush your teeth with. The combination of the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, form an agent, which has both antibacterial and gum cleaning power. However, be sure to add enough hydrogen peroxide to the mixture. Too much baking soda can end up scrubbing the enamel right off your teeth. This enamel, once gone, does not grow back. Just make sure the paste is more on the runnier side, as opposed to being too stiff.
3% Hydrogen Peroxide
While some people may not consider this method 100% natural, using 3% hydrogen peroxide to rinse and wash out your mouth works well too. But, be sure to only use the (3%) three percent hydrogen peroxide. All you have to do is use the solution as you would a regular mouthwash to rinse out your mouth. Since most of the over the counter whitening kits contain this ingredient, it is widely used. However, most of them contain either a higher, and/or more costlier form of it. Also, they use the hydrogen peroxide with other combinations.
Apple Cider Vinegar
As with most of the home remedies found here for whitening your teeth, using apple cider vinegar to do so works well. But, it may take at least a month before you eventually begin to see the results. Nevertheless, the method has positive results since apple cider vinegar can act as a mouth gum cleaner. It also helps to remove those stubborn and hard to get rid of stains, such as the ones you get from nicotine and coffee. Since apple cider vinegar is an acid, it can end up removing your enamel from your teeth though. Use it with prudence and brush your teeth with a regular, non fluoride toothpaste afterwards. You should also rinse out your mouth thoroughly after each segment.
As with most home made remedies, the majority of people are usually skeptical when they hear them. This applies to using charcoal as a way to make your teeth whiter and cleaner. Still, the results speak for themselves. Although it may look scary and terrifying as you are doing it, don’t despair. Some people actually thought this may have been some sort of prank by a blogger or prankster when they first tried it. After all, your mouth and teeth will look completely black once you do it. Notwithstanding, upon rinsing your mouth out and brushing your teeth, you will see the difference. Make the charcoal into a powdered substance to make it easier to apply. Mix the charcoal with water and swish it in your mouth for a few minutes. The highly absorbent porous substance, which is activated once you apply the charcoal to your teeth, works really well in cleaning them. Just be sure to use activated charcoal from either a food or medical grade source.
Homemade Whitening Toothpaste
The combination of pure calcium carbonate powder, Non-GMO Xylitol powder and MCT oil can work wonders on your yellow or dirty dentures. To make this paste you will need
3 Tablespoons Xylitol powder
¼ cup MCT oil (use more for thinning, if needed)
¼ cup Calcium Carbonate Powder
You can also use some essential oils of your choice as an option.
First, begin by making sure that the xylitol powder is not coarse. Instead, confirm it is finely ground. Using either your hand or a blender, mix all of the ingredients together until they are incorporated. Finally, you can store your homemade whitening toothpaste into a glass jar. You can then begin using it to brush your teeth daily as you would with any normal toothpaste.
Yes, we know that tumeric powder is used as a way to make (or stain) things yellow. However, the rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, from which turmeric powder belongs to, is great for whitening teeth. Another reason to consider using the powder, is because it has positive effects against gingival inflammation. To use this method, simply take your toothbrush, wet it, and dip it into a 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric powder. After your brush your teeth with the powder, you let it sit on your teeth for at least 3 to 5 minutes. Once the time has passed, clean your mouth out with water, rinse thoroughly and spit it out. You may need to repeat this process in order to remove leftover turmeric powder around the edges of your teeth. You can also mix 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1/8 teaspoon of melted coconut oil. Make a toothpaste using both ingredients and brush your teeth with it; just like if you were doing it with regular toothpaste. Allow to sit for 3 to 5 minutes and clean thoroughly just like the other methods.